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Course Overview


The course begins introducing thermodynamic properties and reviewing first and second laws. The material is then taken forward into application in a focused module on production of power from heat which includes: steam power plants; internal-combustion and gas-turbine engines. This is followed by a module on refrigeration and liquefaction. The course continues with a detailed discussion of the applications of thermodynamics to flow processes including: duct flow of compressible fluids in pipes and nozzles; turbines; compression processes. The course concludes with a module on psychrometry which includes: humidity data for air-water systems; humidification & dehumidification systems.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Peter Hicks

Qualification Prerequisites


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Course Description

The course is divided into 5 modules:

1.      Introduction and Principles: Revision of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, ideal gas processes, Mollier diagrams and steam tables;

2.      Production of Power from Heat: Revision of Carnot cycle; Study of vapour- and gas-turbine power cycles; Internal combustion engines;

3.      Refrigeration and Liquefaction: Study of vapour-compression refrigeration cycles and refrigerant fluids; Linde and Claude liquefaction processes;

4.      Applications of Thermodynamics to Flow Processes: Study of compressible fluid flows in pipes, nozzles and throttling devices; Turbines; Fluid compression processes in pumps, ejectors and compressors;

5.      Psychrometry: Study of wet bulb temperatures, adiabatic saturation temperature, humidity data for the air-water system (humidity-temperature chart and humidity-entropy diagram); Humidification and dehumidification.

Further Information & Notes

Available only to candidates following an Honours degree programme in Engineering.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (WEP, 80%), continuous assessment (CA, 20%) and Problem-Solving Exercise (PSE, 1 CAS Mark, optional)

Resit: 1 three-hour written examination paper (WEP, 80%), continuous assessment (CA, 20%) and Problem-Solving Exercise (PSE, 1 CAS Mark, optional) marks.

Formative Assessment

The continuous assessment will be based on the keeping of a lab logbook and submitting lab reports and logbooks for marking.


a) Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the tutorial or practical sessions. b) Students requesting feedback on their exam performance should make an appointment with the Course Co-ordinator within 4 weeks of the publication of the exam results.

Course Learning Outcomes


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