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Foundations of Thermodynamics and its Industrial Applications

A 3 month course which deals with the fundamental principles of thermodynamics. Emphasis is placed on engineering applications such as power cycles, refrigeration, heat transfer systems, thermodynamics of ideal and real power cycles and devices, property relations and determination, advanced energy considerations etc.

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Week 01 - Macroscopic Description of Matter

  • State Variables
  • Atoms & Moles
  • Temperature
  • Change in Phase
  • Ideal Gases
  • Ideal Gases Process

Week 02 - 1st Law of Thermodynamic

  • Form of Energy
  • Energy Transfer (Heat and Work)
  • Heat Transfer
  • 1st Law Thermodynamic
  • Energy Conversion Efficiencies
  • Energy and Environment

Week 03 - Energy in Closed System / Mass/Energy in Control Volume

  • Energy in Closed System
    • Moving Boundary Work
    • Energy Balance
    • Specific Heat
    • Internal Energy
    • Enthalpy and Specific Heat of Idea Gases and Liquids
    • Solids
  • Mass/Energy in Control Volume
    • Conversion of Mass
    • Energy Flowing in Fluid
    • Steady State Flow Analysis
    • Engineering Devices
    • Unsteady Flow Process

Week 04 - 2nd Law of Thermodynamic

  • Thermal Energy Reservoir
  • Heat Engine
  • Intro to Refrigeration and Heat Pump
  • Perpetual Motion Machine
  • Reversible vs Irreversible
  • Thermodynamic Temperature Scale

Week 05 - Entropy

  • Basic
  • Derivation
  • Pure Substance & Entropy
  • Isentropic Process
  • What is Entropy
  • Basic Maxwell Relation
  • Entropy and Phase Change
  • Entropy Change in Ideal Gas
  • Reversible Process
  • Entropy Balance and Final Remarks

Week 06 - Ideal Rankine (Vapor) Cycle #1

  • Carnot Cycle
  • Rankine Cycle and its Efficiency
  • Reheat Rankine Cycle
  • Regenerative Rankine Cycle
  • Cogenerator

Week 07 - Ideal Rankine (Vapor) Cycle #2

Week 08 - Ideal Refrigeration and Heat Pump

  • Reversed Carnot Cycle
  • Ideal Vapor-Compression Refrigeration
  • Selecting the Right Refrigerant
  • Heat Pump Systems
  • Muiti-Stage Refrigeration Systems
  • Gas Refrigeration’s Cycles

Week 09 - Ideal Refrigeration and Heat Pump#2

Week 10 - Ideal Power Cycle

  • Basics of Power Cycle (Carnot, Otto, Diesel, Stirling, Ericsson, Brayton, and Brayton with intercooling, reheating and Regeneration)


Week 12 - Entropy, Actual and Combine Cycle

  • Real (non-isentropic condition) cycle
  • Application (Rankine, Refrigeration, power cycle) Combine Cycle

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