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EX3029: CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:29


Course Overview

The course aims to give a thorough treatment of the real PVT behaviour exhibited by multicomponent, multiphase systems by giving candidates the knowledge required to determine: a) the heat and/or work required to bring about a given change of state; b) the change of state resulting from a transfer of energy in the form of heat and/or work, or as a result of a chemical reaction. To build on the knowledge of process simulation gained in Level 2 and emphasize the importance of selecting an appropriate fluid package.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Jefferson Luis Melo de almeida Gomes

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of EG2002 Process Engineering (Passed) or EG2011 Process Engineering (Passed) or EG2580 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (Passed)
  • One of EG2003 Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics (Passed) or EG2004 Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics (Passed) or EG2539 Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (Passed)
  • EG2012 Engineering Mathematics 2 (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • One of Non-Graduating Student in Engineering Erasmus or Non-Graduating Student in Engineering Iss or Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering or Bachelor Of Science In Engineering (Chemical) or Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering or Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering
  • Engineering (EG)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course begins with an introduction to process modelling incorporating a revision of essential chemical engineering thermodynamics. The ideal gas law and equations for the computation of process heat/work requirements for isochoric, isobaric and isothermal processes are briefly revised. Adiabatic and polytropic processes are also treated. Advanced concepts including virial and cubic EOS are introduced.

The P-V and P-T phase diagrams, as well as the thermodymanic T-S, H-S, P-H diagrams for a pure substance are introduced together with the terms 'reduced pressure' and 'reduced temperature'.  The isothermal compressibility and volume expansivity are discussed for liquids. Heat effects in terms of latent heats, standard heats of reaction and formation are introduced.

Vapour pressure and the Antoine Equation are treated allowing two-component vapour-liquid equilibrium to be discussed in terms of Raoult's law and modified Raoult's law.

PVT relations for real gas mixtures are addressed; Dalton's & Amagat's laws modified by compressibility and the pseudo-critical method employing Kay's law are covered.

Residual properties and the experimental determination of thermodynamic properties are addressed.

Solution thermodynamics concepts including fugacity and excess properties are introduced together with property changes of mixing. Activity models are discussed.

Chemical reaction equilibria are treated including an evaluation of equilibrium constants and their relation to composition. The phase rule for reacting systems is discussed. Multireaction equilibria are introduced.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 10 - 12
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt

1x Coursework (40%)
1x Online Open-Book Exam (60%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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