Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course builds upon the first and second laws of thermodynamics, with a focus on flow processes as used in the chemical and power generation industries. A number of cycles are studied in detail, commencing with ideal gas and vapour power and refrigeration cycles, as well as applications in air-conditioning. The course is complemented by lectures on how to calculate the fundamental thermodynamic properties of fluids as used in flow processes, together with the thermodynamics of vapour-liquid equilibria. The thermodynamics of chemical reactions, especially combustion, is covered.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain and apply thermodynamics as it applies to real cycles, and process engineering

2. Demonstrate problem solving skills through the application of thermodynamics


Topics to be covered in this course include:

Part A

1. Introduction to Thermodynamics

2. Ideal Gases

3. Steam Tables including Psychrometry

4.Thermodynamic Properties of Fluid

5.Vapour-Liquid Equilibria (physical equilibria) including gaseous mixtures


Part B

6. Flow Processes

7. Vapour and Gas Power Cycles

8. Refrigeration Cycles

9. Chemical-Reaction Equilibria (Chemical Equilibria) and Combustion

Assumed knowledge

MATH1110 and MATH1120 or equivalent. ENGG1500.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assessment #1

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

In Term Test: Class Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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