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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 3102 - Principles of Thermodynamics II

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits

Course Description
This is a continuation of introductory thermodynamic concepts for mechanical engineering students. The course begins with a detailed treatment of entropy and the second law of thermodynamics. Isentropic efficiency, irreversibility and exergy are covered. Thermodynamic principles are applied to the study of gas power cycles, vapor power cycles, and refrigeration cycles. Thermodynamic performance parameters are used to characterize the cycles, including a discussion of energy use and environmental impacts. (prereq: ME 2101 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • To Be Determined

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Multivariable calculus
  • First-law analysis of open and closed systems
  • Thermodynamic properties

Course Topics
  • The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
  • Entropy and the 2nd Law
  • Exergy and the 2nd Law
  • Gas power cycles (Brayton Cycle)
  • Brayton cycle modifications
  • Vapor power cycles (Rankine)
  • Modifications to the Rankine cycle
  • Refrigeration cycles




Chris Damm

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