Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics

Overall Course Objectives

In the modern world it is of crucial importance to increase the sustainability and effectiveness of energy conversion units, contributing to the decarbonization of the society and reduced emissions. Engineering thermodynamics provides the basis for analyzing and optimizing energy conversion systems and their components. This course aims to provide the students with knowledge about the fundamental thermodynamic concepts and principles in order to design, evaluate and improve processes, systems and components.

Learning Objectives

  • Formulate and explain the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics for control mass and control volume systems
  • Explain and use fundamental thermodynamic properties such as internal energy, entropy, enthalpy and exergy
  • Use tables, diagrams and equations of state to determine thermodynamic state properties
  • Describe states and processes by means of thermodynamic state properties
  • Determine exchange of work and heat between system and surroundings
  • Analyse the most common thermodynamic processes for power generation, refrigeration and heating
  • Make simplifications of a real system in order to determine state properties, efficiency and power consumption and production
  • Use Engineering Equation Solver (EES) for the description of state properties and processes
  • Determine air humidity and describe humidification and dehumidification processes
  • Determine heat transfer by radiation, conduction and convection

Course Content

Thermodynamic concepts and properties. Property diagrams. Conservation of mass and energy, Control mass and control volume. Entropy. Thermodynamic cycles, steam power plants, gas turbines, engines, refrigeration and other systems for energy conversion. Efficiency. Exergy. Gas mixtures and psychrometry. Introduction to heat transfer: steady state heat conduction, heat transfer by forced convection and radiation.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures and problem solving


The course is suitable as an introduction to a study concentrating on energy, energy conversion or mechanical engineering.

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13 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41401
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Thurs 8-12

7.500,00 DKK