CHE2164 - Thermodynamics I - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Professor Wei Shen (Clayton)
Mr Syed Tauqir (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)




Introduce fundamentals and applications of classical thermodynamics. Understand the concepts of heat, work, energy, and entropy, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics and their application. Introduction to the Carnot cycle and the concept of irreversibility. Understand the use of property diagrams in solving heat engine and heat pump cycles. Understand the operation and analysis of the Brayton, Otto, Diesel and Rankine cycles. Introduction to the analysis of refrigeration and heat pump cycles. Perform experiments to illustrate the concepts of Thermodynamics. Simple combustion processes. Renewable energy and its use in heating and electricity generation and environmental benefits.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Identify concepts of thermodynamic equilibrium and energy transfer.
  2. Determine the transfer of energy in ideal engineering devices using the First Law of Thermodynamics.
  3. Determine the performance and efficiency of ideal and practical engineering devices using the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
  4. Apply thermodynamics concepts to evaluate the performance of heat engines and refrigeration systems.
  5. Discern measurements required to evaluate the thermodynamic performance of real engineering systems.


Assignments/Tests/Laboratory: 40% + Examination (3 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 3 hours practice sessions and/or laboratories and 6 hours of private study per week

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