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ME 310 Thermodynamics II

Catalog Description

ME 310 Thermodynamics II (3). Prerequisite: ME 251. Exergy analysis and second law efficiency. Power and refrigeration cycles. Thermodynamic relations and real gas behavior. Ideal gas mixtures and psychrometrics. Thermochemistry. Chemical equilibrium. A design project report is required.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. First and second laws of thermodynamics
  2. Properties of steam and ideal gases
  3. Basic chemistry and physics


M.J. Moran and H.N. Shapiro, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, 6th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008.


Several thermodynamics textbooks.


E.G. Brehob, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

To prepare students for advanced courses in the thermal science area. Examples are Heat Transfer, Energy Conversion, Internal Combustion Engines, Turbomachinery, and Air Pollution Control. To introduce students to the design of thermodynamic systems which are reliable, economic and safe for the environment.

Topics Covered

  1. Exergy analysis (6 classes)
  2. Power and refrigeration cycles (6 classes)
  3. Thermodynamic relations and real gas behavior (6 classes)
  4. Ideal gas mixtures and solutions (6 classes)
  5. Psychrometrics (6 classes)
  6. Thermodynamics of chemical reactions (6 classes)
  7. Chemical equilibrium (3 classes)
  8. Examinations (3 classes)

Computer Use

Use of software packages for evaluating thermodynamic properties.

Laboratory Projects


Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.


Three exams: 55%, final exam: 25%, design report: 10%, and homework: 10%.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering science: 2 credits, Engineering design: 1 credit.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by E.G. Brehob, June 2009

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