4 x 1-hour workshops weekly
7 x 3-hour laboratories per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 1 of PHYS1102, ENGR1722, ENGR1208
2 ^ 1 of ENGR2711, MATH2711
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENGR3712, PHYS9712 has been successfully completed
Topic description
  1. Concepts and Definitions of Thermodynamics
  2. Energy and the First Law of Thermodynamics
  3. Properties of Substances
  4. Ideal and Real Gases
  5. Control Volume Analysis Using Energy
  6. The Second Law of Thermodynamics
  7. Entropy and Entropy Balance for Closed Systems and Control Volumes; Cycle Processes
  8. Thermodynamic Equilibrium
  9. Phase Diagrams
  10. Vapour Power Systems
  11. Gas Power Systems
  12. Refrigeration and Heat Pump Systems
Educational aims
In this topic students will learn the fundamentals of Thermodynamics. The students will learn how to apply the concepts to solve experimental problems. Students will learn how to apply the fundamental principles of thermodynamics to predict the behaviour of energy systems and properly design required energy systems.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the understanding of the concepts of Thermodynamics and to apply them to experiments
  2. Understand how solids, liquids and gases behave under different temperature and pressure conditions
  3. Apply thermodynamic concepts to energy systems
  4. Analyse thermodynamic cycles such as power and refrigeration cycles
  5. Apply the concepts of Thermodynamics to laboratory experiments