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Unit information: Thermodynamics I in 2019/20

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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 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.

A full syllabus is available on the Blackboard site for the unit

Intended learning outcomes

Intended learning outcomes are linked to the six major categories of cognitive domain in Bloom’s taxonomy, and to the serial numbers for ILO’s specified by an accrediting body ( I. Mech. E. , AHEP3/ OSV5)

Successful students should be able to:

ILO 1: List the important definitions and laws of thermodynamics (knowledge, exam, OSV5-SM1b)

ILO 2: Explain the derivations of key equations and corollaries - internal energy as the first corollary of the first law, the four forms of moving boundary work, the steady-flow energy equation, the first three corollaries of the second law (comprehension, exam, OSV5-SM1b)

ILO 3: Use the concept of entropy to execute calculations giving the maximum possible efficiency of engine cycles (application, exam, OSV5-SM2i)

ILO 4: Interpret problems related to piston-cylinders, compressors, turbines and engines, said problems having aspects previously unseen in tutorial questions or past examinations (comprehension, exam, OSV5-EA1b, EA2)

ILO 5: Infer and list the assumptions and physical principles pertinent to ILO4 (Knowledge, comprehension, exam, OSV5-EA1B, EA2)

ILO 6: Construct diagrams showing plant and thermodynamics paths pertinent to ILO 4 (synthesis, exam, OSV5-EA2)

ILO 7: Execute calculations to get estimates of heat addition, work addition, cycle efficiency pertinent to ILO 4 (application, exam, OSV5-SM2i, EA1b, EA2)

ILO 8: Carry out, on working machinery, measurements of thermodynamic and mechanical properties appropriate to the evaluation of efficiency (application, laboratory, OSV5-P3)

Teaching details

  • 22 lectures (50 minutes)
  • 5 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 (single-cylinder engines)

Assessment Details

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

Reading and References

  • Laboratory descriptions are available on Blackboard as a Powerpoint file and should be reviewed before students attend the laboratory.
  • Rogers, G. & Mayhew, Y., Engineering Thermodynamics: Work & Heat Transfer. (1992), 4th ed., Longman Scientific & Technical. ISBN-10: 0582045665. ISBN-13: 9780582045668. Classmark: TJ265 ROG
  • Borgnaake, C & Sonntag, E., Fundamentals of Thermodynamics. (2013), 8th ed., Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN-10: 1118321774. ISBN-13: 9781118321775. Classmark: TJ265 BOR