This course conveys the fundamental thermodynamic principles and analysis methods. The topics covered include basic concepts and definitions, first law of thermodynamics and its applications to closed and open systems, second law of thermodynamics, equations of state, thermodynamic property relations, ideal gas mixtures, psychrometrics, reacting mixtures, chemical and phase equilibrium. The course briefly explores relations between thermodynamics and information theory. Application examples are presented for engineered and natural systems and processes, and cover energy, materials and process engineering, natural and built environments, biology and medicine, earth sciences, and astrophysics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Evaluate physical properties of solids, fluids and gases.
- Formulate mass and energy balances for closed and open systems without and with chemical reactions, and perform their exergetic analysis.
- Evaluate thermal effects associated with gas mixing, separation, and chemical reactions, and determine the equilibrium composition of such systems.
- Apply thermodynamic principles to design and performance analysis in interdisciplinary engineering applications including energy, materials and process engineering, built environments, biomedicine, and manufacturing.
- Apply thermodynamic principles to analysis of natural systems and processes.
- Write succinct engineering reports based on experimental observations and theoretical analysis.
Professional Skills Mapping:
- Assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Laboratory (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Mid-semester exam (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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12 hours per week consisting of 6 hours of lectures and tutorials and 6 hours of independent study and homework, plus one laboratory session of two hours.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
M.J. Moran, H.N. Shapiro, D.D. Boettner, and M.B. Bailey. Principles of Engineering Thermodynamics. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, ninth (SI) edition, 2018.
Assumed KnowledgeCalculus and physics of the scope of the first-year educational program in engineering at ANU.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5124||24 Jul 2023||31 Jul 2023||31 Aug 2023||27 Oct 2023||In Person||N/A|