Course Information

SchoolMechanical Engineering
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorZisis Samaras
Course ID20000336

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Mechanical Engineering

Registered students: 398
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information

Academic Year2014 – 2015
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours6
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Background
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The aim and objective of this course is to give a general presentation of Thermodynamics as a basic scientific knowledge, emphasizing on its applicability in a wide range of technical problems of mechanical engineering interest. More specifically, the course aims to: The understanding of the universality and rigidity of the principles of Thermodynamics which make it a necessary and appropriate tool for analyzing a wide range of technical problems The development of the ability to draw rational conclusions from the analysis of physicochemical phenomena on the basis of thermodynamic principles The development of the ability to analyze thermochemical phenomena and ideal and non-ideal (water vapor) gas processes. The development of the ability to analyze power and refrigeration cycles. After the course, the student might have integrated approaches of the basic principles and of applications of Thermodynamics in the science of Mechanical Engineer, based on examples and specific applications. Further, she/he might have acquired all the knowledge necessary for further developments and amendments.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Fundamentals of thermodynamics. The first law of thermodynamics in closed systems, in steady state flow processes. The second law of thermodynamics. Entropy and thermodynamic temperature, entropy and dissipation energy, availability of energy. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances-wet vapour, equations of state, tables, diagrams and charts for fluids. Gaseous mixtures and gas-vapour mixtures, mixtures of ideal gases. Thermodynamic cycles: Carnot, Otto, Diesel, Seiliger, Stirling and Ericsson, Brayton with regeneration, intercooling, reheat, Rankine with reheat and regeneration. Cooling processes. Heat pumps. Short reference to steady-state flow processes. Combustion processes. Mass balances in complete combustion processes, calorific value, enthalpy of reaction. Application of the second law of thermodynamics in combustion processes.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Electronic contact with students for questions and other problems
Course Organization
Reading Assigment50.2
Student Assessment
With written exams: one at the 2/3 of the semester and one at the exam period
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Cengel, Y.A., and Boles, M.A., Θερμοδυναμική για Μηχανικούς, Εκδόσεις Τζιόλα 2. Baehr, H.D., Θερμοδυναμική, Εκδόσεις Γιαχούδη
Additional bibliography for study
1. Abbott, Μ.Μ and Van Ness, H.C., Θερμοδυναμική, ΕΣΠΙ Εκδοτική 2. Levenspiel, O., Understanding Engineering Thermo, Prentice Hall PTR 3. Howell, J.R and Buckius, R.O, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, McGraw-Hill 4. Andrews, F.C., Thermodynamics: Principles and Applications, Wiley-Intescience
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