The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course builds upon the first and second laws of thermodynamics, with a focus on Engineering 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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop an understanding of thermodynamics as it applies to real cycles, and process engineering

2. Develop problem solving skills through the application of thermodynamics


Part A

  1. Ideal Gases and Steam Tables including Psychrometry
  2. Introduction to Thermodynamics
  3. Flow Processes
  4. Vapour and Gas Power Cycles
  5. Refrigeration Cycles

Part B

  1. Thermodynamic Properties of Fluids
  2. Vapour-Liquid Equilibria (physical equilibria) including gaseous mixtures
  3. Chemical-Reaction Equilibria (Chemical Equilibria) and Combustion

Assumed knowledge

First year Mathematics.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments 1-4

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Quiz: Class assessment