2016 Thermodynamics (Mechanical Engineering)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Instructor(s)
Satoh Isao  Nozaki Tomohiro  Hasegawa Jun  Nagasaki Takao  Murakami Yoichi  Okawa Seiji 
Course component(s)
Lecture / Exercise
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-8(I123)  
Group
B
Course number
MEC.E201
Credits
2
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2016/4/27
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Thermodynamics is one of the fundamental disciplines in Mechanical Engineering (ME) field, and is essential to cope with the global issues, such as global environmental problems and/or energy and resource issues, from the engineering viewpoint. Therefore, this course is regarded as a required subject that ME students should learn first. In this course, students learn the various phenomena related to the heat, work, chemical energy etc. and learn physical laws dominating these phenomena as well. Plenty of drills will be provided to enhance students' understanding.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Comprehend fundamental items and concepts of thermodynamics.
2) Apply the knowledge for utilization of energy.
These competencies will be the bases for learning the successive courses such as Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion Engineering.

Keywords

Heat, Work, Energy

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

In this course, students learn the fundamental issues of thermodynamics such as the concepts of temperature, state quantities and related laws first, and then learn the concept of thermodynamic cycle and feature of heat engines. Through the study, students train the fundamental abilities applicable for utilization of thermal energy in the engineering field. Plenty of drills will be provided in each class to enhance students' understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction (Aim and outline of thermodynamics)
Class 2 Concept of the thermodynamic system, Various kinds of energy, 0th law of thermodynamics, Temperature, heat and work Acquire the concept of thermodynamic system, and then understand the relation among energy, heat and work, and the relation between temperature and heat from the thermodynamic viewpoint.
Class 3 State quantities, Change of state, Ideal gas assumption, Avogadro's law Understand the concepts of state quantities and change of state as well as the essence of the ideal gas assumption, and then apply them to estimate the change of state of the ideal gas quantitatively.
Class 4 1st law of thermodynamics (Thermodynamic equilibrium, Quasi-steady state process, Closed system) Understand the 1st law of thermodynamics in closed system, and then apply it to estimate the change of state under quasi-steady state process. Understand the concept of thermodynamic equilibrium.
Class 5 1st law of thermodynamics (Open system) Understand the 1st law of thermodynamics in open system, and then apply it to estimate the change of state under quasi-steady state process.
Class 6 2nd law of thermodynamics (Heat engine and thermal efficiency, Carnot cycle, Various expressions of the 2nd law of thermodynamics) Understand the 2nd law of thermodynamics based on the concept of heat engine and its thermal efficiency. And then learn the processes of Carnot cycle as a concrete example of heat engine cycles and estimate its thermal efficiency. Understand the various expressions of the 2nd law of thermodynamics as well.
Class 7 2nd law of thermodynamics (Entropy, Reversible/irreversible processes) Based on the 2nd law of thermodynamics, learn the concept of "Entropy' that is the state quantity showing the randomness of a system. Using the concept of entropy, understand the difference between reversible and irreversible processes.
Class 8 Exergy and free energy Based on the concept of entropy, derive the concept of exergy that is the measure of the maximum useful work and the concept of free energy that is the measure of spontaneous changes of a system.
Class 9 General thermodynamic relations (Maxwell relation, Clapeyron-Clausius equation) Derive the relations among the state quantities appeared in this lecture, and evaluate quantities by using the practical relations such as Maxwell relation and Clapeyron-Clausius equation.
Class 10 Chemical reaction Learn the fundamentals of chemical reaction, and understand the relation between heat of reaction and free energy change, and the temperature dependence of reaction rate.
Class 11 Real gas and steam Learn the change of state of the real gases and steam,
Class 12 Gas engine cycle (Otto cycle and Diesel cycle) Learn the processes of Otto- and Diesel-cycle that are typical practical internal combustion engine gas cycles, and derive the thermal efficiencies of these engine cycles.
Class 13 Gas engine cycle (Brayton cycle and Stirling cycle) Learn the processes of Brayton cycle that is the ideal cycle of gas-turbine engines and Stirling cycle that is a typical external combustion engine gas cycle, and derive the thermal efficiencies of these engine cycles.
Class 14 Steam engine cycle (Rankine cycle) Learn the processes of Rankine cycle that are typical steam engine cycles, and evaluate its output power and thermal efficiency.
Class 15 Refrigeration cycle (vapor compression cycle) and other topics on application of thermodynamics Learn the processes of vapor compression cycle that is one of the typical refrigeration cycle. Get knowledge of other recent applications of thermodynamics as well.

Textbook(s)

JSME Text Series "Thermodynamics", Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Y. Mori, N. Isshiki, H. Kawata, "Introduction of Thermodynamics, Revised Edition", Yokendo Co. (Japanese), Other course materials will be provided during class if needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of fundamental issues of thermodynamics and applicability for utilization of energy. Students' course scores are based on midterm and final exams (80%) and drills (20%).

Related courses

  • MEC.E311 : Heat Transfer
  • MEC.E331 : Energy Conversion

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Having basic knowledge of the differential and integral calculus is desirable.

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