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MJ1112 Applied Thermodynamics 9.0 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MJ1112 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is divided into 10 main parts:

  1. Energy forms, fundamental thermodynamic concepts. The zeroth law. Applications of the first law of thermodynamics on closed and open systems, the energy equation, State quantities (temperature, pressure, specific volume, internal energy, enthalpy).
  2. The properties of ideal gases and ideal gas mixtures.
  3. Idealised changes of state, such as e g isothermal, isobaric, isochoric, isentropic and polytropic processes. Processes in compressors and turbines. The Carnot cycle, the second and third laws of thermodynamics, entropy and exergy.
  4. Cycles with gaseous media such as the Otto, Diesel, Joule/Brayton, Ericsson, and Stirling cycles.
  5. The properties of real media, their representation in state diagrams, and applications.
  6. Basic steam power processes.
  7. The compressor-driven evaporation cooling process, heat pumps, the concepts subcooling and superheating.
  8. Basic relationships for incompressible and compressible flow in ducts and nozzles for reversible cases and for incompressible flow with losses.
  9. Fundamental concepts, general laws and calculation methods for heat transfer, heat exchangers.
  10. The properties of humid air, its state diagrams and applications.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  1. formulate, model and solve problems for technical systems and devices with different types of energy exchange and energy conversion.
  2. model systems, and identify subsystems and components in engineering systems.
  3. present written solutions to problems in thermodynamics that are stringent and understandable.

The subject area of the Course is defined under the heading ”Course content”.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SF1624 "Algebra and Geometry" 7,5cr, SF1625 "Calculus in one variable" 7,5cr, SG1102 "Mechanics, smaller course" 6cr or SG1130 "Mechanics I" 9cr  or SG1109 "Mechanics" 8cr or SG1117 "Engineering Mechanics" 7,5cr or the equivalent courses.

Recommended prerequisites
SF1626 "Calculus in several variables" 7,5hp, SK1110 "Physics I" 9hp

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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


  • KON1 - Test, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON2 - Test, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON3 - Test, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON4 - Test, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 7.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Assignments, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Approved examination (TEN1; 7.5 credits) as well as passed practical assignments (ÖVN1, 1.5 credits).

Four optional quizzes are organised during the course, whose result may be included at examination. A Pass grade on at least three of four quizzes (KON1, KON2, KON3 and KON4) within one (1) year give a Pass grade on the examination.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination


Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



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.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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