Thermodynamcs is an exciting and fascinating subject that deals with energy, energy exchange and tranformations of energy in all its forms. Energy, which is essential for sustenance of life and has a broad application area ranging from microscopic organisms to common household appliances, transportation vehicles, power generation systems, and many more. Thermodynamics has long been an essential part of engineering curricula all over the world.
In this introductory course, the framework of establishing a general understanding of various forms of energy, mechnanisms of energy transfer, the concept of energy balance, energy conversion and conversion efficiencies is set. Starting with the basic concepts and principles of thermodynamics, properties of pure substances and the energy analysis of closed systems is treated. The first and the second law of thermodynamics are extensively explained. Mass and energy balances of control volumes and open systems are treated. The important second law and the concepts of entropy and exergy are studied. Thermodynamic power cycles are evaluated and their use and role in the understanding of actual all-day life reciprocating engines, heating machines and refrigerators is covered.
Special effort will be made to appeal to students natural curiosity and to help them to explore the facets of the exciting subject area of thermodynamics.