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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 314 - Principles of Thermodynamics II

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This is a continuation of introductory thermodynamic concepts for mechanical engineering students. The course begins with energy balances for unsteady processes, followed by 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 311)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Write the energy balance for unsteady flow, and use it to evaluate processes, including determination of work and heat transfer
  • Apply a Second Law analysis (entropy or energy) to processes involving both closed and open systems
  • Evaluate the performance of Rankine and Brayton cycles, with their modifications
  • Analyze refrigeration cycles

Prerequisites by Topic
  • First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Ideal gas, equation of state, steam tables, property diagrams
  • Energy balances for closed and open systems

Course Topics
  • Unsteady flow processes
  • Second Law, entropy, reversible and irreversible processes, performance parameters of real and ideal devices, isentropic efficiency, exergy
  • Rankine cycle with modifications
  • Brayton cycle with modifications
  • Refrigeration cycles

Dr. Prabhakar Venkateswaran

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