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    Heat and work processes, the thermodynamic properties of fluids and gases, cyclic and non-cyclic processes, thermodynamic potentials and availability.

    This paper presents the basic concepts and foundation theories of engineering thermodynamics, providing students with basic theoretical tools to understand, develop and improve energy conversion and production systems and technologies. The aims are that students should gain a sound understanding of fundamental concepts of systems, processes and thermodynamic properties, as well as the first and second laws of thermodynamics. This paper is fundamental for further work in the areas of process engineering, sustainable energy, energy production and conversion and energy efficiency.

    About this paper

    Paper title Thermoprocesses 1
    Subject Energy Management
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One of PHSI 110, PHSI 131, PHSI 132, PHSI 191
    Pre or Corequisite
    MATH 130
    PHSI 263
    Schedule C

    Dr Sam Lowrey

    Teaching staff

    Dr Sam Lowrey
    Dr Arjan Abeynaike


    Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics (9th Edition, 2019) (Australia / New Zealand Edition)

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    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes
    After completing this paper students will be able to:
    1. Distinguish between state and non-state variables and understand the properties of thermodynamic variables
    2. Understand the process descriptors adiabatic, isothermal, constant volume, constant pressure, reversible, quasi-static, non-quasi-static, work and heat
    3. Understand the first and second laws of thermodynamics
    4. Identify non-flow, steady-flow and unsteady-flow processes and apply the first and second laws in these situations
    5. Analyse both cyclic and non-cyclic processes by expressing the process constraints in terms of state variables and solve problems of thermodynamics by use of state property tables and diagrams
    6. Identify reversible and irreversible processes and apply these concepts to the entropy function


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 9, 11, 13, 19, 21
    A2 Friday 14:00-17:50 9, 11, 17, 19, 21
    A3 Monday 14:00-17:50 9, 11, 13, 19, 21


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
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