Fall Semester 2003
The overall goal of this course is to present the fundamentals of thermodynamics from a chemical engineering point of view. Students will understand the first and second laws of thermodynamics and will apply these laws towards analyzing various processes including those involving phase changes, closed systems and flow systems, and power generation and refrigeration. Students will also continue to sharpen their problem-solving skills, to apply mathematical tools and Excel to solving problems, and to document their solutions.
The main topics covered in the course are:
- Properties and behavior of pure substances: i.e. P-V-T phase diagrams and equations of state
- Changes in internal energy and enthalpy associated with temperature changes, phase changes
- First law of thermodynamics: the conservation of mass and energy applied to steady state and transient processes
- Second law of thermodynamics: understanding of reversibility and irreversibility and applied to the analysis of Carnot cycles
- Entropy analysis of closed and flow processes
- Power systems
- Refrigeration and heat pump systems
Welcome to CHE U320 and I'm looking forward to a great semester together!