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ING2044 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Course description for academic year 2018/2019

Contents and structure

The two main topics are taught separatly, with their own compulsory work and exam.

Thermodynamics: work and heat, the first law of thermodynamics , working medium (ideal gas/water/refrigerants), phase diagram, reversible and irreversible processes, second law of thermodynamics, entropy, combustion, thermodynamic cycle (Carnot, Otto, Diesel, Rankine, gas turbine), cooling processes.

Fluid mechanics: fluid properties, buoyancy, flow of ideal fluids, laminar flow, turbulent flow, conservation of mass, conservation of energy (Bernoulie's theory), conservation of momentum, friction in one pipe, cavitation in a pump.

Learning Outcome


The student

  • Can explain thermodynamic terms, quantities     and functions.
  • Can use thermodynamics 1st and 2nd law for simple closed and open systems.
  • Can explain thermodynamic state diagrams.
  • Can explain various properties of liquids and specify their technical impact.
  • Can set up equations  to describe the pressure variation in hydrostatic fluids.
  • Can apply Archimedes principles for solving problems.
  • Can describe characteristics of laminar and turbulent flow.
  • Knows the basic equations for fluid flow-- such as conservation of mass, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy-- and can set up these equations to solve the problems.



The student can

  • Calculate heat and work for different types of processes.
  • Use thermodynamics 1st and 2nd law to calculate basic processes in thermodynamics.
  • Calculate energy utilization of simple technical processes.
  • Formulate fluid mechanics equations(--such as conservation of mass, conservation of momentum and conservation of energy--) for simple systems for finding out velocity, pressure drop, reaction forces.
  • Differentiate between laminar and turbulent flows.
  • Calculate pressure variations in static fluids.
  • Perform calculations with the help of Moody`s diagram for describting turbulent flows.

-General qualification:

The students:

  • Will understand various properties of fluids and their importance.
  • Can recognize principles of thermodynamic in usual combustion engines.
  • May perform simple mathematical operations for solving fluid mechanics equations to understand flow and cavitation.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

 Analysis and Linear Algebra, Physics, Chemistry with Environment Focus.

Teaching methods

 Lectures and workshop.

Compulsory learning activities

Yes, one for each part:

1: Fluid mechanics (will be specified in the course plan by semester start)

2: Thermodynamics (will be specified in the course plan by semester start)


Part 1 Fluid Mechanics: Written exam, 4 hours, counts 50 % on the final mark,

Part 2 Thermodynamics: Written exam, 4 hours, counts 50 % on the final mark.

Both parts must be passed.

Grade: A-E/ passed; F/failed

Examination support material

Simple calculator: Allowed calculator is Casio fx-82 (all varieties: ES, ES Plus, EX, Solar etc.)

Technical table of formulas (Pedersen, Gustavsen, Kaasa and Olsen) will be handed out during the exam.

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