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Thermodynamics - fundamentals and applications


At the end of this module, students should have understood and be ableto explain :
- the inductive approach, specific to thermodynamics, which is to generalize, by
defining them as laws, the conditions for energy conservation and evolution of
- the significance, the relevance and the application domains of the main thermodynamic
functions (internal energy, enthalpy, entropy and Gibbs function).
Students should be able to:
- identify the system under study and to establish, for this system, routinely and
systematically, the material balance, the energy balance and the balance of entropy ;
- use and interpret the enthalpy diagram and the entropy diagram of real fluids ;
- apply thermodynamics to the understanding and description of phase equilibria for
a pure substance;
- explain the operation of thermodynamic machines (power plants, refrigeration unit,
heat pump), based on the two laws of thermodynamics and on phase equilibria.

Needed prerequisite

Concept of function of several variables and partial derivatives.

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...