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MECH7017 - Thermodynamics (Laws & Cycles)

Title:Thermodynamics (Laws & Cycles)
Long Title:Thermodynamics (Laws & Cycles)
Module Code:MECH7017
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Author: GER KELLY
Module Description: This modules offers the learner a comprehensive introduction to the 2nd Law of thermodynamics. This is delivered by examination of such cycles as steam plant and refrigeration. Internal combustion engines and other power cycles feature in this module. The student will also carry out a lab programme linked to this fundamental area.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Recognise and solve applications of the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
LO2 Analyse vapour power, refrigeration, internal combustion and gas turbine cycles.
LO3 Use the Carnot cycle to bench mark thermodynamic processes
LO4 Structure and prepare a technical laboratory report.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Second Law
Kelvin-Plank and Clausius statements. Heat Engine and Heat Pumps. Entropy. T-s, P-v and h-s diagrams. Carnot Cycle.
Power Generation Cycles
Steam Cycles, Rankine, reheat and regenerative.
Internal Combustion Engine
Engine Design basics. Otto, Diesel and dual air standard cycles
Gas Turbines
Gas Turbine design. Brayton cycle analysis.
Vapour compression cycle. P-h diagrams. Refrigerants and their envirnomental impact
Stoichiometric, Air Fuel Ratio
Lab Programme
Steam Power Plant, Refrigeration, Internal Combustion Engine
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Short Assesment 1 10.0 Week 7
Written Report Laboratory Report 2,4 20.0 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Tuition 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Laboratory Programme 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Subrata Bhattacharjee 2015, Thermodynamics: An Interactive Approach, Global Edition, Global Ed., Pearson Ed [ISBN: 9781292113746]
  • Richard E. Sonntag, Gordon J. Van Wylen 1991, Introduction to thermodynamics, 2 Ed., J. Wiley New York [ISBN: 978-0-471-61427-2]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Claus Borgnakke, Richard E. Sonntag 2009, Fundamentals of thermodynamics, Wiley Hoboken, N.J. [ISBN: 978-0-470-17157-8]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EMECH_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 3 Mandatory

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