Mechanical & Materials Engineering


MECH230 : Thermodynamics I



Dr. G. CiccarelliRoom 318 McLaughlin Hallciccarel@queensu.ca (613) 533-2586

Course Description

An introductory course in thermodynamics. Topics include: properties and behaviour of pure substances, concepts of heat, work and energy, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, and the analysis of a variety of power and refrigeration cycles. (0/30/0/12/0)

Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

1: Calculate gas properties based on real and ideal gas models
2: Calculate two phase mixture properties using thermodynamic tables\
3: Perform an energy balance analysis on a thermodynamic system, e.g., piston/cylinder, boiler, heat exchanger.
4: Calculate turbine and compressor efficiencies knowing inlet and outlet conditions
5: Calculate pressure or temperature changes in a closed system subject to an isentropic compression or expansion process
6: Calculate the maximum efficiency of different thermodynamic power cycles (Rankine, Brayton, Diesel, Otto)

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities

3 lecture hours + 1 tutorial hour per week. Please refer to SOLUS for times and locations.


Required Textbook: Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, (7th ed.) - Michael J. MoranHoward N. Shapiro