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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 311 - Principles of Thermodynamics I

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The first subject in engineering thermodynamics for the mechanical engineering student uses the classical approach. The subject material serves as a building block for all thermodynamic oriented subjects to follow. Specific topics include heat and work transfer, thermodynamic properties, and energy balances for open and closed systems. (prereq: MA 231 , PH 2030 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Use thermodynamic tables to find properties
  • Apply the ideal gas and incompressible liquid and pure substance models to thermodynamic problems
  • Write an energy balance for a closed system
  • Use the closed system energy balance to evaluate processes, including determining work and heat transfer
  • Write an energy balance for steady flow open system
  • Use the open system energy balance to evaluate processes, including determining work and heat transfer

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Partial derivatives
  • Differential and integral calculus
  • Physics of liquids and gases

Course Topics
  • Introduction, Definitions, Dimensions and Units
  • Thermodynamic Properties, State, Temperature and Pressure
  • Energy Transfer by Work, Forms of Mechanical Work, Moving Boundary Work
  • The First Law of Thermodynamics, Energy Balances
  • Pure Substance Model, Phases and Phase Change of a Pure Substance, Property Tables
  • Ideal Gas Model
  • Internal Energy, Enthalpy, and Specific Heats of Ideal Gasses and Liquids
  • Open Systems - Conservation of Mass
  • Steady-Flow System Energy Analysis of Devices - Nozzles, Diffusers, Turbines, Compressors, Throttling Valves, Mixing Chambers, Heat Exchangers
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Connections between Energy Generation, Energy Consumption and Global Climate Change

Christopher Damm

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