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CME2028 : Thermodynamics 2

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Completion of assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:0031:00Review 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 Examination1201A80Exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Assignment (maximum 4 pages, approximately 1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam is used to test the development in understanding of the theoretical content of the module.

The coursework will test computational skills relating to thermodynamics that cannot be assessed in an exam environment

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