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CE20090: Engineering thermodynamics

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To complete the teaching of core chemical engineering thermodynamics started in year 1.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to:
* Understand the significance of and the means for estimating K values;
* Estimate physical properties of pure components and mixtures (with the aid of reference material);
* Question the validity of techniques used to estimate thermodynamic/physical properties, especially when using computer packages;
* Apply the laws of thermodynamics to solve problems of power cycles and refrigeration.

Analysis and problem solving (taught/facilitated and assessed).


* Prediction of physical properties and non-ideal vapour-liquid equilibria;
* Determination of K values;
* PVT relations, equations of state: Van der Waals, Redlich-Kwong, Benedict-Webb-Rubin and Virial equations, compressibility factor, Pitzer's correlation;
* Mixture combination rules; heat capacity of gases and liquids, enthalpy and entropy as a function of temperature and pressure; standard heat of reaction, Maxwell's relations;
* Chemical potential, Gibbs-Duhem equation; fugacity, fugacity coefficient and fugacity in a mixture; activity coefficient in liquid phase; excess thermodynamic functions, extension of binary experimental data to multi-component systems;
* Combustion engines; steam and gas turbine power plant; refrigerators and heat pumps; compressors and expanders; nozzles and diffusers.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE20090 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 2)
  • UECE-AKB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UECE-AFM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 2)
  • UECE-AKM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)