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.
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.
Heat, Work, Energy
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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.
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Class 1 | Introduction (Aim and outline of thermodynamics) Concept of the thermodynamic system, Various kinds of energy, 0th law of thermodynamics, Temperature, heat and work State quantities, Change of state, Ideal gas assumption, Avogadro's law | 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. 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 2 | 1st law of thermodynamics (Thermodynamic equilibrium, Quasi-steady state process, Closed system) 1st law of thermodynamics (Open 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. 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 3 | 2nd law of thermodynamics (Heat engine and thermal efficiency, Carnot cycle, Various expressions of the 2nd law of thermodynamics) 2nd law of thermodynamics (Entropy, Reversible/irreversible processes) | 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. 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 4 | Exergy and free energy General thermodynamic relations (Maxwell relation, Clapeyron-Clausius equation) | 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. 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 5 | Chemical reaction Real gas and steam | 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. Learn the change of state of the real gases and steam. |
Class 6 | Gas engine cycle (Otto cycle and Diesel cycle) Gas engine cycle (Brayton cycle and Stirling 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. 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 7 | Steam engine cycle (Rankine cycle) Refrigeration cycle (vapor compression cycle) | Learn the processes of Rankine cycle that are typical steam engine cycles, and evaluate its output power and thermal efficiency. Learn the processes of vapor compression cycle that is one of the typical refrigeration cycle. |
Class 8 | Other topics on application of thermodynamics Final Exam | Get knowledge of other recent applications of thermodynamics. |
JSME Text Series "Thermodynamics", Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (Japanese)
Y. Mori, N. Isshiki, H. Kawata, "Introduction of Thermodynamics, Revised Edition", Yokendo Co. (Japanese), Other course materials will be provided during class if needed.
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%).
Having basic knowledge of the differential and integral calculus is desirable.