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SG1216 Thermodynamics 6.0 credits

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SG1216 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

First law, inner energy, enthalpy, heat and pV-work. Ideal gases. Phase transformations, solid materials, liquids and gases. Open systems and flow machines. Compressible flow, nozzles. The second law of thermodynamics. Heat engines. Entropy. Shock waves. Exergy.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to

  • Identify different types of thermodynamic systems and explain how they convert and exchange energy with their environment,
  • Perform thermodynamic / fluid mechanical calculations on different types of systems with particular focus on vehicle engineering,
  • Understand text that contains thermodynamic terminology, and communicate reasoning and calculations within thermodynamics orally and written in such a way that they are easy to follow,
  • Relate thermodynamic concepts and calculation results to energy management and the possibility of extracting work from various energy resources with a particular focus on sustainable development.
  • Show the ability to relate the measurement data, phenomena and processes in the laboratory environment to the theoretical description of thermodynamics.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed courses SG1132 Mechanics I with project and SF1626 Multi-variable analysis.

Recommended prerequisites

SF1626 Calculus in Several Variables


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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 - Hand in Task, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON1 - Control Test 1, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON2 - Control Test 2, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboration, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 0.5 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.

INL1: A compulsory project assignment that is based on active participation at the seminars and that the laboratory work is carried out.

LAB1: A compulsory laboratory work with a heat engine, which is carried out in groups of four students.

TEN2: The part is approved when both exam parts are approved, regardless of the results from the final exam.

ECTS final grade: The grade is based on the total score on the exam parts and on any results from the final exam. Results from the exam parts can give a maximum grade of C.

The examiner, in consultation with the KTH coordinator for disability (Funka), decides on any adapted examination for students with documented, permanent disability. The examiner may allow another examination form when re-examining individual students.

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.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

SG2214 Fluid mechanics, general course, and SG2215 Compressible flow.


Anders Dahlkild (, Lisa Prahl Wittberg (