KE1160 Thermodynamics 7.5 credits


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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.

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Specific prerequisites *

Recommended courses: Engineering chemistry and 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

Examination *

  • 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
  • ÖVN1 - Compulsory Attendance, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

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Examination, compulsory attendance and laboratory work.

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

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Eric Tyrode

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.

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CBH/Chemical Engineering

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First cycle

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