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Module description - Thermodynamics

ECTS 3.0
Level intermediate
Overview Thermodynamics is the general theory of energy conversion processes. Its technical applications lie in the fields of energy and process engineering. This includes building technology, industrial process technology, supply engineering, and disposal engineering.

  • Fundamental concepts of thermodynamics
  • 1st Law of Thermodynamics
  • Kinetic gas theory
  • Thermodynamic state changes, processes, and cycles
  • 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
  • Heat transport
Learning objectives The students are able to

  • describe the main thermodynamic cycles and apply them quantitatively to practical examples.
  • substantiate why heat can only be partly converted to other forms of energy.
  • describe the basic principles of statistical mechanics and explain how to interpret the macroscopic quantity “heat” from a microscopic (atomic) point of view
  • explain and judge a number of key industrial applications of thermodynamics.
Previous knowledge Degree course in Engineering and Management (WING)

  • Mechanik (mechW)
  • Infinitesimalrechnung (infr)

Degree courses in Electrical and Information Technology (EIT) and Systems Engineering:

  • Mechanik (mech)
  • Wärme und Strahlung (wus)
  • Analysis 1 (an1)
Exam format Final written exam
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