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Academic year
MTF041 - Thermodynamics
Syllabus adopted 2009-02-23 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKMAS
4,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Mechanical Engineering
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course
0195 Examination 4,5c Grading: TH   4,5c   15 Dec 2009 am M,  07 Apr 2010 am M,  24 Aug 2010 pm V

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Docent  Gunnar Johansson

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites



The course aims to give insight into and a basic understanding of applied thermodynamics, covering topics such as properties of gases and liquids, different aspects of energy and energy transformations and applications of thermodynamic processes in components used in power production and refrigeration.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • To understand and be able to explain the basic concepts and laws of thermodynamics and how they can be applied, especially
    energy, entropy, temperature,
    work and heat,
    the first and second laws of thermodynamics.
    Use diagrams and tables to compute state properties for different media.
    Analyse thermodynamic processes.
  • To understand and be able to explain the working principles of real thermodynamic machines and systems and be able to compute their performance.
    To be aware of and be able to explain the fundamental limitations the laws of thermodynamics exert on our ability to transfer energy from one form to another, especially chemical energy to useful work, and thereby on a sustainable development of our society, the environment and the effect on the climate.


    The course starts with the framework and tools needed to study thermodynamics. State properties are introduced, especially energy and entropy, the concepts heat and work, and the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Properties of pure substances are considered, and phase diagrams and tables are used extensively. The first and second laws of thermodynamics for cyclical processes of closed systems are postulated from experimental results, then these are used to derive the forms of these laws needed in engineering practice.

    The second part of the course applies these concepts to begin to understand the performance of a variety of important thermodynamic systems, including internal combustion and gas-turbine engines, steam turbines, refrigerators and heat pumps.


    The course consists of lectures, problem-solving exercises and a combined design task/ lab session in which Matlab is used to carry out the necessary computations.


    Cengel, Y.A. & Boles, M.A., Thermodynamics, an Engineering Approach, McGraw-Hill.


    During the course one or a few minor examinations (duggor) will be given. A written exam is given at the end of the course. Both the minor examinations and the final exam will contain both descriptive tasks and problem solving. To pass the course a pass grade is required on the design task/lab session. The final grade is based on a weighted average of the results from the minor exams and the final exam.

Published: Wed 26 Feb 2020.