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Unit information: Thermodynamics I in 2016/17

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Unit name Thermodynamics I
Unit code MENG11202
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Tierney
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Introduces applications first and second laws of thermodynamics to engines, machines and plant components (e.g cylinders and pistons, throttles, turbines, compressors, Otto, Diesel and gas cycles).


To provide an understanding of terms (e.g. “reversible”, “control volume”, “enthalpy”), principles (1st/ 2nd law), and use of principles in analysis of equipment and machines.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. employ the first law to analyse energy demands, energy production, and end conditions of steady and non-steady systems;
  2. explain the non-ideal behaviour of engineering components in terms of 2nd law concepts (i.e. “entropy production”).

Teaching details

  • 22 lectures and classes (50 minutes)
  • 11 example sheets to be completed in the students own time
  • Coursework through 4 assessed quiz type questions, issued approximately one per fortnight via Blackboard
  • Coursework through Laboratory exercise conversion between heat and work

Assessment Details

  • Two hour written exam (90%)
  • coursework assessment (10%)

Reading and References

  • Cengel and Boles, Engineering Thermodynamics, McGraw Hill, 2007. (Chapters 1-7, 9. Page numbers to be indicated on handouts and on Blackboard).
  • Rogers and Mayhew, Engineering Thermodynamics Work and Heat Transfer (further reading).
  • Laboratory descriptions are available on Blackboard as a audio/ Powerpoint file, and should be reviewed before students attend the laboratory.