This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of heat, work and energy. The first law of thermodynamics is introduced and used to analyse engineering devices such as compressors, turbines, mixing chambers, cooling towers, heat exchangers and reciprocating engines. Both air, steam and refrigerants are used as working fluids. The second law of thermodynamics is used to evaluate the direction in which real processes occur. The concept of entropy as a property is introduced and used to evaluate irreversibilities in real processes and to quantify the efficiency of devices. Power and refrigeration cycles are introduced and the first and second laws are used to perform engineering analysis of the cycles. Laboratory demonstrations form part of the course.
- No prerequisites are required for this course.
Below is one offering of ELEX 7030 for the Fall 2023 term.
Mon Sep 11 - Mon Dec 18 (14 weeks)
- 14 weeks
- CRN 32088
Class meeting times
|Sep 11 - Dec 18||Mon||18:30 - 21:30||Burnaby SW01 Rm. 1205|
Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.
The first session for this course will take place online. Students should expect to attend later classes in-person at the Burnaby BCIT campus. Labs to be scheduled outside of class hours, on or before the first class. Note: no class on Monday, Oct 2nd (Day in lieu of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) and Monday, Oct 9th (Thanksgiving Day). To make up the missed time, there will be two Saturday lectures from 8:00am-11:00am on Sat Sep 23rd and Sat Oct 14th. Please contact Katie Howard at (604) 432-8237 or email@example.com for more information or to be placed on a waitlist if the course is full. Note: BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current.
Properties, Processes and Working Fluids
- Outline the basic definitions and assumptions used for formulating the macroscopic point of view of thermodynamics.
- Specify whether an open system (control volume) or a closed system (control mass) approach should be used in a given thermodynamic analysis.
- Use thermodynamic tables to determine properties of water, refrigerants and ideal gases.
First Law Analysis
- Analyze thermodynamic cycles and processes (employing a variety of working fluids) using the conservation of energy principle.
Second Law Analysis
- Express thermodynamic efficiencies of processes, cycles and devices in terms of entropy.
- Sketch temperature-entropy diagrams for steam showing processes graphically on the chart.
- Derive expressions for the entropy change of an ideal gas in terms of pressure, temperature and volume.
- Apply the second law of thermodynamics for a control volume.
Power and Refrigeration Cycles
- Evaluate the thermal efficiency of a cycle.
- Compute the increase in efficiency due to reheating or multistage compression in cycles.
- Analyze cycles such as the Otto, Diesel, Ericsson, Brayton and refrigeration cycles.
Mixtures and Psychrometrics
- Use P-v-T relationships for mixtures of non-reactive ideal gases solve thermodynamic and mixing problems.
- Analyze air conditioning processes such as dehumidification with heating, evaporative cooling, heating with humidification, the adiabatic mixing of two streams and the wet cooling tower.
- Apply the first law to analyze processes involving chemical reactions such as the combustion process.
- Use the second law of thermodynamics.
Effective as of Fall 2003
Thermodynamics (ELEX 7030) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Energy
Bachelor of Technology Part-time
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