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4 Credits
Crosslisted as NE 312
Available Winter/Spring
Lecture only

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ME 311 or NE 311;
MTH 256 or 256H
Deborah Pence
316 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Available and reversible work, machine and cycle processes; real gas behavior; nonreactive gas mixtures; reactive mixtures; and thermodynamics of compressible fluid flow.


  • Available and reversible work
  • Vapor power and gas power cycles
  • Vapor compression refrigeration cycle
  • Compressible flow and isentropic flow through nozzles and diffusers
  • Mixture rules
  • Nonreactive ideal gas mixtures and psychrometrics
  • Reactive ideal gas mixtures and combustion
  • Real substance behavior

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Use the laws of thermodynamics to analyze basic power and refrigeration cycles.
  2. Calculate characteristics of subsonic and supersonic flows through nozzles and diffusers.
  3. Apply the fundamentals of thermodynamics to inert gas mixtures (psychrometry), reactive gas mixtures, and real substances.
  4. Apply both fundamental and practical knowledge of thermodynamics to the design of basic power and cooling cycles.