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Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to give the student basic knowledge of thermodynamics.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
- define heat, work, thermal efficiency and the difference between various forms of energy
- explain how various heat engines work (e.g. a refrigerator, an IC engine, a jet engine)
- apply the steady-flow energy equation or the First Law of Thermodynamics to a system (heaters, coolers, pumps, turbines, pistons, etc.) to estimate required balances of heat, work and energy flow
- apply ideal cycle analysis to simple heat engine cycles to estimate thermal efficiency and work as a function of pressures and temperatures at various points in the cycle

Course contents

- Basic concepts of thermodynamics
- The first law of thermodynamics
- The second law of thermodynamics
- Entropy: a measure of disorder
- Power cycles
- Refrigeration cycles
- Fuels and combustion

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Elementary mathematical skills

Recommended or required reading

Yunus A. Cengel, Michael A. Boles: Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 53 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 53 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 80 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams
  • Reports and productions


Skön Kim


Kim Skön

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • 2006-11-16 - Reports and productions

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