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Unit 013 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [D/615/1487]

Thermodynamics is one of the most common applications of science in our lives, and it is so much a part of our daily life that it is often taken for granted. For example, when driving your car you know that the fuel you put into the tank is converted into energy to propel the vehicle, and the heat produced by burning gas when cooking will produce steam which can lift the lid of the pan. These are examples of thermodynamics, which is the study of the dynamics and behaviour of energy and its manifestations.

This unit introduces students to the principles and concepts of thermodynamics and its application in modern engineering.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to investigate fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties, apply the steady flow energy equation to plant equipment, examine the principles of heat transfer to industrial applications, and determine the performance of internal combustion engines.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1.  Investigate fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties.
  2.  Apply the Steady Flow Energy Equation to plant equipment.
  3. Examine the principles of heat transfer to industrial applications.
  4. Determine the performance of internal combustion engines.

Recommended Resources


DUNN, D. (2001) Fundamental Engineering Thermodynamics. Longman.
EASTOP, T.D. and MCCONKEY, A. (1996) Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists. 5th Ed. Prentice Hall.
EASTOP, T.D. and MCCONKEY, A. (1997) Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists Student Solution Manual. 5th Ed. Prentice Hall.
RAYNER, J. (2008) Basic Engineering Thermodynamics. 5th Ed. Pearson.
ROGERS, G.F.C. and MAYHEW, Y.R. (1994) Thermodynamic and Transport Properties of Fluids: S. I. Units. 5th Ed. Wiley-Blackwell.




This unit links to the following related units:

  • Unit 38: Further Thermodynamics

Links to the following HN Engineering Courses

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