ENGRMAE 115 Applied Engineering Thermodynamics (2016-2017)

ENGRMAE 115 Applied Engineering Thermodynamics

(Required for ME. Selected Elective for ChE and EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 115 Applied Engineering Thermodynamics (Credit Units: 4) Application of thermodynamic principles to compressible and incompressible processes representative of practical engineering problems - power cycles, refrigeration cycles, multicomponent mixtures, air conditioning systems, combustion and compressible flow. Design of a thermodynamic process. Prerequisite: ENGRMAE 91. Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Only one course from ENGRMAE 115, CBEMS 45C may be taken for credit. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470041925.

Recommended Textbook:

Schaum, Engineering Thermodynamics, McGraw-Hill.

G. Scott Samuelsen
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Basic Thermodynamics

Lecture Topics:
  • Review
  • Power Cycles
  • Mixtures (Gas)
  • Mixtures (Vapor/Gas)
  • Mixtures (Reacting)
  • Chemical Equilibrium
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

The computer is used to access thermodynamic data (textbook provided disk) conduct thermodynamic analyses, and complete parametric studies.

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

Contributes toward the Mechanical Engineering Topics courses and major design experience. Contributes toward the Aerospace Engineering major design experience.

Design Content Description

Students are asked to adopt the role of a consulting engineer as part of a company, ANTS Energy Limited, which is planning to develop a combined cycle for cooling. The unit will be operated on Natural Gas, have a total capacity of 1000 tons of cooling, and combine a gas turbine with a refrigeration cycle. For the company, the student is asked to conduct a “scoping thermodynamic design analysis.” Their fellow “employees” independently conduct the same analysis. The goal is to “compete” with each other for the most efficient and marketable conceptual design. Among other advantages, the approach allows ANTS Energy Limited to specify a pressure ratio for the gas turbine that would be suitable, and estimate: For the gas turbine, the peak operating temperature, the regenerator operating conditions (or whether to preclude the use of a regenerator), and the thermodynamic efficiency. The exercise encompasses the entire academic term. For the refrigeration cycle, the operating pressures and temperatures, the maximum displacement (actual and ideal) of the compressor, the working fluid, and the coefficient of performance of the refrigeration cycle. For the overall combine cycle, the overall thermodynamic efficiency, and the scfm (standard cubic feet per minute) of natural gas required. The final report (submitted on the last day of the quarter) must include: 1) One page “Executive Summary”; 2) Table of Contents, 3) Introduction (including goal and objectives of the work), 4) Background, 5) Approach, 6) Analyses and Results, 7) Summary, 8) Special Considerations, 9) Conclusions, 10) References, and Appendices.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Problem sets: 14.29%
  • Examination #1: 14.29%
  • Examination #2: 14.29%
  • Examination #3: 14.29%
  • Discussion Section: 14.29%
  • Design: 21.42%
  • Quizzes: 7.139%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

July 27, 2016
Senate Approved:
April 7, 2015
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr