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Milwaukee School of Engineering

Sep 24, 2017

AE 2121 - Fundamentals of Thermodynamics

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course provides Architectural Engineering and Construction Management students with the necessary fundamentals of thermodynamics as they relate to building thermal systems and applications. Topics cover a range of principles from basic energy and mass balances to refrigeration cycles and heat exchangers. (prereq: MA 137 , PH 2010 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Determine the thermodynamic properties of pure substances using the property tables, and for ideal gases, liquids, and solids using property relationships
• Apply the first law of thermodynamics to analyze open and closed systems typically encountered in buildings and HVAC systems
• Apply the second law of thermodynamics to calculate actual and reversible thermal efficiencies, COPs, and power requirements of systems operating on thermodynamic cycles
• Apply the second law of thermodynamics to analyze isentropic and non-isentropic processes
• Apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics to analyze the vapor compression (VC) refrigeration cycle and the individual processes that comprise the cycle
• Understand how heat exchangers work (heating and cooling coils); their energy and mass balances, and their effectiveness

Prerequisites by Topic
• Calculus II: Basic integration, integration of areas

Course Topics
• Basic concepts (3 classes)
• Properties of pure substances (8 classes)
• Energy transfer by heat and work (3 classes)
• 1st Law of Thermodynamics (7 classes)
• 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (4 classes)
• Entropy (3 classes)
• Refrigeration cycles (4 classes)
• Heat exchangers (3 classes)
• General review/problem-solving sessions (3 classes)
• Exams. (2 classes)

Laboratory Topics
• 1 lab hour to conduct necessary measurements on a heat exchanger and calculate its effectiveness (1 session)

Coordinator
Bass Abushakra