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Course module: 201900020
Engineering Thermodynamics
Course infoSchedule
Course module201900020
Credits (ECTS)7.5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personN. Basson, MSc
Contactperson for the course
N. Basson, MSc
N. Basson, MSc
J. Koelemeij
S. Nagasundaram
Academic year2023
Starting block
RemarksPart of Semester 2 B-ME (UT-VU)
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • explain thermodynamic concepts, processes and definitions
  • distinguish different kinds of thermodynamic energies and mathematically describe how these can be transformed into each other
  • declare and explain the behavior of fluids and gasses at different temperatures and pressures and draw and interpret phase diagrams
  • apply the concept of entropy in analyzing thermodynamic systems
  • explain the laws of thermodynamics, apply these to thermodynamic systems and interpret the effects
  • recognize a complicated (combined) thermodynamic system to produce work and/or heat/cold and explain the configuration
  • analyze the thermodynamic aspects of a complicated (combined) thermodynamic system from the viewpoint of the first law of thermodynamics
  • interpret the results of the analysis of a thermodynamic system, evaluate them and suggest adaptions to the system to improve it

This is a part of Semester 2 of the Bachelor Mechanical Engineering (UT-VU) See here for the compete description of this semester.

ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS is the first course in the FLUID MECHANICS & THERMODYNAMICS learning line. This course is the application of thermodynamics to solve technical problems in the area of mechanical engineering. In practice, engineers use thermodynamics for the design of systems and installations used to transform energy into a different kind of energy. Think about steam power plants to produce electricity and heat, gas turbines for aircraft propulsion, internal combustion engines for cars and systems for cooling or heating, but also more complex systems with various functions such as the combined production of heat/cooling and electricity.
The course starts with the introduction of the thermodynamic conceptual framework, different forms of energy and an introduction to the concept of entropy. The first law (energy conservation) and the second law (entropy growth) of thermodynamics, are discussed. After reviewing all tools, thermodynamic cycles for the production of work (electricity) and heat/cold are built. It is aimed to introduce the thermodynamics cycles quickly (Block 4) in order to be able to apply the knowledge within the project. The theoretical background and the formal meaning or derivation of formulas and concepts then follows in Block 5 where the course is continued. Here, more about the energy systems will be discussed and the concept of entropy will be treated in more detail. In addition, the theoretical background of thermodynamic concepts, relations, tables and diagrams will be addressed. Furthermore, attention will be paid to hydraulics and pneumatics.

Please note: This course takes place in Amsterdam and is only accessible for BSc UT-VU ME students.
Participating study
Bachelor Mechanical Engineering-VU
Required materials
Thermodynamics, An Engineering Approach, Y.A. Cengel en M.A. Boles. Mc Graw Hill. ISBN 978-0-07-352932-5
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Recommended materials
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