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CME2028 : Thermodynamics 2

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Mark Geoghegan
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aims of the course are to provide the student with an understanding of how thermodynamic principles can be used to predict the behaviour of systems undergoing physical change; to introduce methods for calculating the properties of real fluids and to use these to design systems for generating power, compressing fluids and transferring heat by heat pumping; to increase the students' understanding of real chemical systems by expanding on the ideas of concepts of ideal phase equilibria and thoroughly understanding the phenomena of phase and chemical reaction equilibria in multicomponent systems relevant to chemical engineering; to take the concepts of the energy balance (1st law of thermodynamics) and the reversible/irreversible process (2nd law of thermodynamics) developed for ideal chemical systems and apply them to real systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

Properties of pure substances

Properties of ideal and non-ideal mixtures

Power generation and refrigeration cycles (thermodynamics of open systems)

Phase and reaction equilibrium in multicomponent systems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Introductory lecture, to be held during induction period via synchronous online delivery
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials151:0015:00Lectures.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation for assessments
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities21:002:00Maths problems and technical exercises (assessment)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Office hours. These can be held PiP if the demand is appropriate for this.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study149:0049:00Review lecture material and prepare for tutorials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00Revision lectures
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The predominance of lectures is appropriate for the module which has a theoretical bias. The tutorial sessions provide an opportunity for the students to practise the numerical methods required for calculations.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination601A752 x1hr quiz
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M25Assignment (longer questions than in quizzes, written up as a report)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The quizzes are used to test the development in understanding of the theoretical content of the module.

The coursework will test both understanding, but the questions will be more involved. A report format will test student ability to present results in a formal manner, including electronic presentation of diagrams and the use of clear concise sentence structure etc.

In the event of a future lockdown, all or parts of the module will be moved online. Last year’s module was entirely taught online, so this can be done if needed.

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