ENGRMAE 91 Introduction to Thermodynamics (2015-2016)

ENGRMAE 91 Introduction to Thermodynamics

(Required for AE, EnE and ME. Selected Elective for CE and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 91 Introduction to Thermodynamics (Credit Units: 4) Thermodynamic principles; open and closed systems representative of engineering problems. First and second law of thermodynamics with applications to engineering systems and design. Prerequisite: Physics 7C, Mathematics 2D. Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Only one course from MAE 91 and CBEMS 45B may be taken for credit. . Only one course from ENGRMAE 91, CBEMS 45B may be taken for credit. (Design units: 0.5)

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

Recommended Textbook:

See references in textbook

Said E. Elghobashi
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC e.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Identify the control mass and control volume in a thermodynamics problem (EAC c)

2. Calculate properties of pure substances (in three phases) and ideal gases, and use Tables of properties (EAC c)

3. Map different processes on T-v and P-v diagrams (EAC c)

4. Apply the first law of thermodynamics (conservation of energy) to control mass and control volume processes (EAC e)

5. Map different processes on T-s (temperature-entropy) diagram for control mass and control volume (EAC e)

6. Understand the Carnot (ideal) thermodynamic cycle and the limits on the thermal efficiency of real thermodynamic cycles (EAC e)

7. Apply both the first law and second law for control mass and control volume (EAC a)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Calculus in Two- and Three Dimensions
  • Fundamental Physics
Lecture Topics:
  • Concepts, definitions, units
  • Pressure, specific volume
  • Temperature: equality, inequality, Zeroth Law
  • Pure substance, T-v, P-v, P-v-T phase diagrams
  • Ideal gas, Equation of state
  • Work, Heat
  • First law for a system
  • First law for a control volume
  • Steady and unsteady flow processes
  • Reversible and irreversible processes
  • The entropy concept and the second law
  • Entropy as a property
  • Macroscopic evaluation of entropy
  • Second law for a control mass
  • Entropy relations
  • Ideal power cycles
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:
Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

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

Design Content Description

Discussions are held in the lectures and homework problems include how to use the principles of thermodynamics in the design of many engineering applications that involve heat transfer and work. Examples are: power generating systems for electricity, production (power stations), jet engines and reciprocating engines, in addition to refrigeration systems.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Midterm: 40%
  • Final Exam: 40%
  • 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: 3.5 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.5 credit units

April 11, 2016
Senate Approved:
February 10, 2015
Approved Effective:
2015 Summer