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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Thermodynamics:Energy
Module Code MM204
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Corne Muilwijk
Semester 2: Corne Muilwijk
Autumn: Corne Muilwijk
Module TeachersJames Carton
Corne Muilwijk
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This is an introductory module to energy sciences and thermodynamics. The module aims to introduce the principles and applications of the thermodynamic data tables, heat transfer and of the first and second thermodynamic laws. Applications considered include refrigeration and power cycles. The module also includes an introduction to sustainable energy, global energy supply and demand and energy ethics.

Learning Outcomes

1. Interpret thermodynamic tables and describe the thermodynamics state of a pure substance
2. Describe thermodynamic processes, including processes involving phase changes, in terms of p-v and T-v diagrams and ideal gasses
3. Study the modes of heat transfer by means of conduction, convection and radiation
4. Characterise energy transfers by heat, work and mass, in terms of a system's thermodynamic states.
5. Apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics for the study of a range of thermofluid systems
6. Describe and study a range of power and refrigeration cycles.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Weekly lectures on Thermodynamics and Energy
Tutorial12Hands-on classes in Thermodynamics and Energy
Laboratory12Lab work for Thermodynamics and Energy
Independent Study77Research and revision
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Temperature and temperature scales. First law of thermodynamics and ideal gases. Second law of thermodynamics, entropy and refrigeration cycles. Working fluids, Saturation State properties, Properties of vapours, Properties of wet vapour, introduction to steam tables. Refrigeration and Heat pumps, Vapour compression cycles and P-H diagrams. Global energy, fossil fuels, energy and the environment, global warming. Sustainable energy. Ethics and fossil-based energy, renewable energy and nuclear energy.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project The focus of this project is the design and analysis of a thermodynamic system where the students will work in groups to research current developments. Using thermodynamics and heat transfer principles the students may carry out a simple payback and environmental assessment of their system.15%Week 12
Laboratory PortfolioLaboratory session. The students will attend a 2-hour thermodynamics laboratory session related to a vapour-compression cycle and heat transfer. The students will need to complete an individual Loop quiz that will include an assessment of the analysis of their results, and plot the refrigeration process on a p-H diagram.15%n/a
Loop QuizTwo timed Loop Quiz tests throughout the semester: although subject to change, it is planned to hold class tests in week 6 and week 9.15%n/a
Loop QuizTutorial questions are covered by weekly Loop Quizzes starting Week 1. The average grade will count towards 5% CA.5%Every Week
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Cengel: 0, Thermal-Fluid Science, McGraw Hill, 0-07-118152-0
  • Cengel, Boles: 2014, Thermodynamics: An engineering approach, 8, McGraw - Hill, 0073398179
  • Eastop and McConkey: 1996, Applied Thermodynamics, 5, Longman, 0582091934
  • Rogers and Mayhew: 1995, Thermodynamic and transport property tables, 5, Blackwell, 0631197036
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