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KE1160 Thermodynamics 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE1160 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The energy situation in the world - conditions, problems and opportunities. Sustainability aspects of the production of power, heat and chemicals. State laws for gases. The laws of thermodynamics, internal energy and entropy. Open and closed thermodynamic system. Cycle processes for the production of technical work. Cycle processes for cooling machines and heat pumps. Equilibrium conditions, free energy. Partial molar quantities and the chemical potential. Chemical equilibria in ideal and non-ideal systems. Thermodynamics of mixtures. Phase equilibria and phase diagrams for one-and two-component systems.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • describe and apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics to open systems, closed systems and isolated systems of the following types: ideal gases, binary mixtures and reactive systems.
  • describe and perform calculations on thermal cycle processes for the applications: steam turbine and gas turbine processes for work production and for cooling machines and heat pumps.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

KE1140 Engineering chemistry 

Recommended prerequisites

The mathematic courses in the programme


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Quiz, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Examination, compulsory attendance and laboratory work.

One not compulsory intermediate test that gives credit at the examination.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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