Detailed module information
Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.
The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.
Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook, for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.
The principal aim is to give students a basic understanding of the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and the ability to use them in solving a range of simple engineering problems. The pace of the course attempts to take account of students' lack of familiarity with the subject from pre-university studies. The aim of the lectures and tutorials is to develop analytical skills and some design appreciation, involving awareness of the interaction between thermodynamics and considerations of energy resources, materials, solid mechanics, economics, the environment etc.
ECTS units: 5
On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:
1. Explain the laws and principles of thermodynamics and the principal thermodynamic properties of steam and ideal substances.
2. Analyse thermodynamic processes by applying the laws of thermodynamics to systems and control volumes.
3. Classify a complex thermodynamic process into the main fundamental components.
4. Solve problems relating to steam and ideal substances undergoing such processes.
Introduction to thermodynamics
Energy, heat, work and the 1st law of thermodynamics
Properties of substances
The 1st law for flow processes
The 2nd law of thermodynamics
Consequences of the 2nd law
Introduction to thermodynamic power cycles
Fluids in motion
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|Assessment type||Assessment description||Weighting||Grading method||Pass mark||Must pass?|
|Examination||1.5 Hour exam||95%||Numeric||40%||Y|
8th ed., McGraw-Hill Education