This is a basic course of thermodynamics and an introduction to heat transfer.
The program can be divided in 2 main blocks, one about thermodynamics and another about heat transfer.
FIRST PART (THERMODYNAMICS AND CYCLES):
- Review of previous concepts of thermodynamics acquired by the student, thermodynamic properties, T-s diagram of water, incompressible liquid and ideal gas models.
- Mass, energy and entropy balance for closed systems.
- Mass, energy and entropy balance for open systems.
- Equipments under steady state: nozzles, diffusers, pumps, compressors, turbines, open and closed heat exchangers, and valves.
- Thermal engines. Carnot cycle.
- Rankine cycle.
- Brayton cycle.
- Internal combustion engines.
- Inverse Carnot cycle. Refrigeration cycle.
SECOND PART (HEAT TRANSFER):
- Introduction to heat transfer: Fourier's Law, Newton's Law, Stefan-Boltzmann's Law.
- One-dimensional steady state conduction with and without heat generation. Plane wall, cyclindrical and spherical geometries. Thermal resistances.
- Transient conduction.
- Fins: formulation, design and performance analysis. Finned surfaces.
The evaluation will be based on the following criteria:
- Labs (15%)
- Partial test (25%)
- Final exam (60%)