Mechanical Engineering
 

Applied Thermodynamics

Applied Thermodynamics
Applied engineering thermodynamics including air and steam power cycles, thermodynamic relations, and introduction to combustion and equilibrium chemical reactions.
ME EN
422
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesME EN 321
 TaughtFall
Course Outcomes: 

Problem Solving

Each student can identify issues related to thermodynamics in real world problems, use basic concepts and fundamental laws to construct thermodynamic models, apply mathematical principles to solve these models, draw conclusions based on these solutions and formulate sound recommendations based on these conclusions.

Concepts and Laws of Thermodynamics

Each student can select a system, identify the heat, work, exergy and mass flow interactions occurring between the system and its surroundings and build models of steady-flow devices and transient thermodynamic systems.

Thermodynamic Property Relationships

Each student can describe the sensors and methods commonly used to measure temperature, pressure, specific volume and specific heats. Each student can use thermodynamic concepts and laws to develop relationships between observable thermodynamic properties and thermodynamic properties that cannot be directly measured.

Gas Power Cycles

Each student can use the basic concepts and fundamental laws of thermodynamics to model the performance of various gas power cycles. Each student can evaluate the impact of modifications such as reheat, regeneration and intercooling on the efficiency and net power produced by a gas power cycle and draw conclusions regarding the implementation of these modifications.

Jet Propulsion Cycles

Each student can use the basic concepts and fundamental laws of thermodynamics to analyze, evaluate and draw conclusions regarding the performance of jet propulsion cycles.

Vapor Power Cycles

Each student can use the basic concepts and fundamental laws of thermodynamics to analyze, evaluate and draw conclusions regarding the performance of Rankine cycles, geothermal power cycles, and combined cycles.

Refrigeration Cycles

Each student can use the basic concepts and fundamental laws of thermodynamics to analyze, evaluate and draw conclusions regarding the performance of vapor-compression refrigeration cycles, absorption refrigeration cycles, multistage refrigeration cycles and cascade refrigeration cycles.

Alternative Energy Systems

Each student can use the concepts and laws of thermodynamics to analyze and evaluate renewable energy systems and to draw conclusions regarding the performance of these systems.

Psychometrics

Each student can calculate the properties of mixtures of air and water vapor to analyze, evaluate and draw conclusions regarding the performance of evaporative cooling systems, cooling towers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers.