Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PH102 and (MA111 or MA112)

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course introduces the students to the sciences that deal with the conversion and transfer of energy. Thermodynamics includes all aspects of energy and energy transformations including power production, refrigeration and relationships among the properties of matter. Determination of the rates of such energy transfers is studied in heat transfer.
    Thermodynamics: 1. Concepts and definitions: thermodynamic system, types, control volume; Thermodynamic equilibrium; properties and state, processes and cycles; work, heat, comparison of work and heat; Zeroth law. 2. Properties of a pure substance: independent properties; p-v-T surfaces; saturation pressure and temperature; dryness fraction; property tables. 3. First law: first law for a system undergoing a cycle, change of state; internal energy and enthalpy; specific heats; ideal gas relations; mass and energy balance for steady flow systems, nozzles, compressors,turbines and throttling devices. 4. Second law: Limitations of the first law; thermal energy reservoirs; heat engines; refrigerators and heat pumps; Kelvin-Planck and Clausius statements of second law; perpetual motion machines; reversible and irreversible processes; the Carnot cycle; the Carnot principles; temperature scale. 5. Entropy: the Clausius inequality; thermodynamic relations; principle of increase of entropy; isentropic efficiency of turbine, pump, nozzle. 6. Mixtures of ideal gases: Dalton`s law of partial pressures; mole fraction and mass fraction; Avagadro`s law; properties of a mixture of ideal gas and vapor; introduction to psychrometry. Heat Transfer: 7. Modes of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation; governing equations: Fourier`s law, Newton`s law, Stefan-Boltzmann law. 8. Conduction: heat diffusion equation; solution for heat transfer through a plane wall; thermal resistance; heat transfer through a composite wall; contact resistance; heat transfer through a cylindrical wall, sph

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