Offered by

Mechanical Engineering




For Mechanical students: Basic Engineering Mathematics and Physics.
For GBE students: GBE-ENB-M2

Main purpose

The student will obtain knowledge of the basic theory within thermodynamics and be able to perform elementary thermal calculations.


The student will know and understand the basic concepts and relation of thermodynamics including: The role of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of pure substances, first and second law of thermodynamics, entropy, gas cycles and internal combustion engines, steam cycles, steady heat conduction, internal forced convection, heat exchange.


The student will be able to:
• Analyse a thermodynamic system and select relevant theory in order to enable the student to calculate variables and main capacities for the system.
• Apply thermodynamic calculations to choose geometric dimensions or standard components for a system.
• Calculate and depict processes for ideal gas and water vapor.
• Analyze vapor power cycles for production of power and heat.
• Analyze gas power cycles based on Otto cycles and spark-ignition engines.
• Analyze heating and cooling of a fluid flowing in a tube and work with the logarithmic mean temperature difference.
• Perform a general energy analysis on heat exchangers. 
• Use EES software for thermodynamic calculations.


The student will be able to include energy aspects in mechanical projects, to solve simple thermodynamic problems, and to communicate with engineers and companies about energy aspects of projects. The student will also be able to follow more advanced courses, for example the courses of the Energy specialization.


Teaching methods and study activities

There are 44 lessons in total, of which at least 7 lessons are for assignment help. Activities during the course are theory, problem solving, and work in classes. Course work (counting towards the final grade) to be delivered regularly throughout the semester.
5 ECTS corresponds to an expected workload for the student of 138 hours.
Student Activity Model:
According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:

Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 50 hours – 37%
Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 60 hours – 44 %
Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 17 hours – 12 %
Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 10 hours – 7%



Cengel: Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, latest edition
Cengel: Heat and Mass Transfer: Fundamentals & Applications, latest edition
EES software



Requirements for attending examination:
None, but note that some course activities will count towards the final grade even if the student fail to participate

Type of examination:
4 hours written exam, electronic hand-in – no scanner provided
Course activities (2 tests and approximately 7 hand-ins) account for 30%, final exam for 70%.
External censor

Allowed tools:

Please note that the school can decide that the re-examination can be oral.

Grading criteria

Grading according to the Danish 7-scale.

Additional information


Salwan Dihrab

Valid from

2/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Compulsory Course for Mechanical Engineering
4. semester