MEEN1009W Thermodynamics 1

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module introduces theory and practice of Energy Engineering, based on fundamental principles and laws of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer.
This course focuses strongly on study of the principle of conservation of Energy (First Law of Thermodynamics) and on its application to quantitative problems arising in practical engineering situations. Study of properties of pure substances is also required, as is familiarisation with tables of Thermodynamic fluid properties. Fluids considered include ideal gases and other substances where liquid-vapour mixtures occur.
Heat transfer topics will include analysis of one-dimensional steady state heat transfer problems, such as those that arise in study of heat exchangers and in analysis of heat losses through walls and windows of buildings.
Each student will be required to complete laboratory experiments during the semester and also to participate in a Group Project.
This module is for CDIC students only

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Explain the significance of a range of thermophysical fluid properties of gases, liquids, vapours and liquid-vapour mixtures in equilibrium, be able to use fluid property data tables and apply the equation of state for an ideal gas.
2. Apply the Laws of Thermodynamics to the solution of quantitative problems associated with practical energy systems and energy conversion devices.
3. Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of energy and mass conservation, of thermal efficiency and of coefficient of performance.
4. Apply appropriate theory to the solution of practical problems in steady state heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation.

Indicative Module Content:

The module focuses strongly on study of the principle of conservation of Energy (First Law of Thermodynamics) and on its application to quantitative problems arising in practical engineering situations.
Study of properties of pure substances is also required, as is familiarisation with tables of Thermodynamic fluid properties. Fluids considered include ideal gases and other substances where liquid-vapour mixtures occur.

Heat transfer involves exchange of thermal energy (e.g. the kinetic energy of atoms or molecules - which is proportional to temperature) between physical systems.
Heat transfer topics will include analysis of one-dimensional steady state situations, such as those that arise in study of heat exchangers and in analysis of heat losses through walls and windows in buildings.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

36

Small Group

10

Laboratories

6

Autonomous Student Learning

60

Total

112

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, Laboratory experiments, Group Project, Assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
MEEN10050 - Energy Engineering

Additional Information:
This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): The students are expected to attend a final exam, answering several questions, to check whether they have met the requirements. Week 12 Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% Yes

100

Yes

Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Jun Peng Lecturer / Co-Lecturer