Thermodynamics is a branch of physics concerned with heat and temperature and their relation to energy and work. The behavior of these quantities is governed by the four laws of thermodynamics. Thermodynamics applies to a wide variety of topics in science and engineering, especially physical chemistry, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Historically, thermodynamics developed out of a desire to increase the efficiency of early steam engines, particularly through the work of French physicist Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1824) who believed that engine efficiency was the key that could help France win the Napoleonic Wars.

This course will explore laws of thermodynamics, entropy and ideal gas, thermodynamic cycles, steam generators and psychometry.


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Second Year, Semester II



Examination Scheme

TH: In-Semester Exam50
TH: End-Semerster Exam50


  1. Engg. Mathematics
  2. Engg. Physics/Chemistry
  3. Fundamental Concepts and laws of Thermodynamics.

Course Objectives

  • Identify and use units and notations in Thermodynamics.
  • State and illustrate first and second laws of Thermodynamics.
  • Explain the concepts of entropy, enthalpy, reversibility and irreversibility.
  • Apply the first and second laws of Thermodynamics to various gas processes and cycles.
  • To get conversant with properties of steam, dryness fraction measurement, vapor processes and Thermodynamic vapor cycles, performance estimation.
  • To get conversant with Psychrometric Charts, Psychrometric processes, human comfort conditions.

Course Outcomes

On completion of the course, learner will be able to:

  • Apply various laws of thermodynamics to various processes and real systems.
  • Apply the concept of Entropy, Calculate heat, work and other important thermodynamic properties for various ideal gas processes.
  • Estimate performance of various Thermodynamic gas power cycles and gas refrigeration cycle and availability in each case.
  • Estimate the condition of steam and performance of vapour power cycle and vapour compression cycle.
  • Estimate Stoichiometric air required for combustion, performance of steam generators and natural draught requirements in boiler plants.
  • Use Psychromertic charts and estimate various essential properties related to Psychrometry and processes

Syllabus and Notes

Unit 1: Laws of thermodynamics

Main Page: Laws of Thermodynamics

  • Introduction of thermodynamics, Review of basic definitions, Zeroth law of thermodynamics, Macro and Microscopic Approach, State Postulate, State, Process and Thermodynamic Cycles, First law of thermodynamics, Joules experiment, Applications of first law to flow and non flow processes and cycles.
  • Steady flow energy equation and its application to different devices.
  • Equivalence of Clausius and Kelvin Planck Statement, PMM I and II, Concept of Reversibility and Irreversibility.

Unit 2: Entropy and Ideal Gas

Main Page: Entropy and Ideal Gas


  • Entropy as a property, Clausius inequality, Principle of increase of Entropy, Change of entropy for an ideal gas and pure substance.

Ideal Gas

  • Ideal Gas definition Gas Laws: Boyle’s law, Charle’s law, Avagadro’s Law, Equation of State, Ideal Gas constant and Universal Gas constant, Ideal gas processes- on P-V and T-S diagrams Constant Pressure, Constant Volume, Isothermal, Adiabatic, Polytropic, Throttling Processes, Calculations of heat transfer, work done, internal energy.
  • Change in entropy, enthalpy.

Unit 3: Thermodynamic Cycles and Availability

Main Page: Thermodynamic Cycles and Availability

Thermodynamic Cycles

  • Gas Power Cycles: Air Standard Cycle, Efficiency and Mean Effective Pressure, Carnot Cycle, Otto Cycle, Diesel cycle, Dual cycle, Comparison of cycles, Brayton cycle
  • Gas Refrigeration Cycle: Reversed Carnot, Bell Coleman Cycle.


  • Available and unavailable energy, concept of availability, availability of heat source at constant temperature and variable temperature, Availability of non flow and steady flow systems, Helmholtz and Gibbs function, irreversibility and second law efficiency.

Unit 4: Pure Substances and Vapour Cycle

Main Page: Pure Substances and Vapour Cycle

Properties of Pure Substances

  • Formation of steam, Phase changes, Properties of steam, Use of Steam Tables, Study of P-v, T-s and Mollier diagram for steam, Dryness fraction and its determination, Study of steam calorimeters (Barrel, Separating, Throttling and combined)
  • Non-flow and Steady flow vapour processes, Change of properties, Work and heat transfer.

Thermodynamic Vapour Cycle

  • Vapour Power Cycles: Carnot cycle, Rankine cycle, Comparison of Carnot cycle and Rankine cycle, Efficiency of Rankine cycle, Relative efficiency, Effect of superheat, boiler and condenser pressure on performance of Rankine cycle
  • Vapour Refrigeration Cycles: Reversed Carnot Vapor Cycle, Vapor Compression Cycle and representation of cycle on P-h and T-s diagram, Refrigerating effect, Compressor power and COP estimation (Numerical treatment using R134a only and enthalpy Cp, Cv data should be provided in tabulated form).

Unit 5: Steam Generators

Main Page: Steam Generators

  • Introduction to fuels, Theoretical amount of Oxygen / Air required for combustion.
  • Stoichiometric Air: Fuel ratio, Excess air, lean and rich mixtures, Stoichiometric A: F ratio for petrol (No Numerical Treatment on fuels and combustion, only basic definitions and terminologies to be covered).
  • Classification, Constructional details of low pressure boilers, Features of high pressure (power) boilers, Introduction to IBR, Boiler performance calculations-Equivalent evaporation, Boiler efficiency Energy balance, Boiler draught (natural draught numerical only).

Unit 6: Psychrometry

Main Page: Psychometry

  • Psychrometry and Psychrometric Properties, Basic Terminologies, Psychrometric Relations, Psychrometric Chart, Psychrometric Processes, Thermodynamics of Human Body, Comfort Conditions (Numerical treatment using Psychrometric chart only).


List of Practical’s:

  1. Joule’s experiment to validate first law of thermodynamics.
  2. Determination of Cp and Cv for Ideal gas.
  3. Performance estimation of Air standard cycle using standard simulation software’s (MATLAB, VC++ etc.).
  4. Determination of dryness fraction of steam (At least two Calorimeters).
  5. Experiment to Calculate COP of Simple Vapor Compression Cycle (VCC).
  6. Performance estimation of VCC using any professional software (CoolPack etc.)
  7. Study of Boiler Mountings.
  8. Study of Boiler Accessories.
  9. Trial on boiler to determine boiler efficiency, equivalent evaporation and Energy Balance.
  10. Industrial visit to any process industry which uses boiler and submission of detailed report.
  11. Demonstration of Psychrometric processes (At least four).


  1. Minimum 8 experiments should be performed.
  2. Experiment No. 9 and 10 are compulsory.

Previous Years Questions

  • Pattern 2015 Question Papers

Multiple Choice Questions

Online Phase-IUnit-1Law's of Thermodynamics
Unit-2Entropy & Ideal Gas
Online Phase-IIUnit-3
Unit-4Pure substance and Vapour Cycle


Assignment 1Assignment 2
Assignment 3Assignment 4
Assignment 5Assignment 6

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