Engineering Thermodynamics

Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1/3

Typically offered in

Autumn semester

Course description

The aim of the course is to overview thermodynamics in terms of engineering / chemical engineering applications and of special emphasis on engineering calculations. Fundamentals and basic concepts of thermodynamics. Mass and general energy balances. Volumetric properties of pure fluids, equations of states (ideal gas, virial, cubic ones). Heat effects, standard heats, the second law of thermodynamics and heat engines. Engineering applications. Thermodynamic properties of fluids, diagrams. Thermodynamics of flow processes. Production of power from heat: steam power plant, internal combustion, jet engines, Stirling engine, cycles. Refrigeration: Carnot, vapor-compression, absorption, adsorption, thermoacoustic, other methods, applications and cycles. Heating: heat pumps, combined methods, other methods. Total environmental effects, COP and SPF calculations. Liquefaction processes. Dew point, bubble point and other vapor/liquid equilibrium calculations. Calculations in solution thermodynamics. Chemical reaction equilibrium, rate constant and fuel cell calculations. Liquid/liquid, solid/liquid and solid/vapor equilibria applications and calculations. Thermodynamic analysis of engineering processes.



  • Syllabus written by the lecturer Suggested: J.M. Smith, H.C. Van Ness, M.M. Abbott: Introduction to chemical engineering thermodynamics, McGraw Hill, New York, 2001

  • P.W. Atkins: Physical Chemistry, Oxford University, Oxford, 2001

  • R.A. Granger: Experiments in Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013