Sep 30, 2022  
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ME 2101 - 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 definitions, First Law, heat and work transfer, and open- and closed-system energy balances. Water, as both steam and compressed liquid, and ideal gases are the principal substances considered. (prereq: MA 2323 )
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, 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 a steady flow open system
  • Use the open system energy balance to evaluate processes, including determining work and heat transfer
  • Use the open system energy balance to evaluate transient processes
  • Appreciate the link between energy use and the environment

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Multivariable calculus

Course Topics
  • Systems and control volumes
  • Properties of a system
  • State and equilibrium
  • Processes and cycles
  • Temperature and the zeroeth law of thermodynamics
  • Standard thermal science problem solving methodology
  • Forms of energy
  • Mechanisms of heat transfer
  • Mechanisms of work transfer
  • First law of thermodynamics
  • Energy conversion efficiencies
  • Energy and the environment
  • Phases of a pure substance
  • Phase-change processes
  • Property diagrams
  • Property tables
  • Ideas gas law
  • Compressibility factor
  • Closed system energy balances
  • Boundary work
  • Specific heats
  • Internal energy, enthalpy, and specific heats of ideal gases
  • Internal energy, enthalpy, and specific heats of liquids and solids
  • Conservation of mass
  • Energy of a flowing fluid
  • Open system energy balances
  • Steady flow engineering devices
  • Unsteady flow processes

Coordinator
Dr. Prabhakar Venkateswaran



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