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CME2028 : Thermodynamics 2

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • 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 ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Lectures - to be recapped
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Revision lectures, to be recapped.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Introductory lecture, to be held during induction period via synchronous online delivery
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Preparation for assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Office hours.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study149:0049:00Review lecture material and prepare for tutorials.
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
Written Examination901A100Present in person, invigilated exam.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Computer assessmentMPass/Fail Canvas assessment to ensure progress is being made.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This is a standard taught module and would not benefit from any special requirements concerning assessment. A 100% written exam at the end of the course is therefore appropriate. However, a pass/fail Canvas quiz in the middle is necessary as the course is not easy and it is important that students engage with the course from the outset.

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