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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Concepts of Thermodynamics

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam


Thermodynamics is the basic building block of all of modern dayindustries (power generation, iron and steel, food processing etc.) andhuman convenience (refrigeration, engines, air conditioning etc.).Understanding and applying various ideas of thermodynamics istherefore at the heart of progress in science and engineering. The courseaims at building strong fundamentals of work and heat interactions forvarious systems. Through various examples, the ideas of severalindustrial components and power/refrigeration cycles are furtherelucidated by addressing the problems from first principles. The ideas areextended to real systems where exergy or equivalently, the availability ofa state is analyzed to give a feel of real problems to the students.Uniqueness of this course is a delicate balance between fundamentalconcepts and applications, in a manner consistent with the recentlyproposed AICTE Model Curriculum guidelines.INTENDED AUDIENCE : B.Tech students of all disciplines and teachers of undergraduatethermodynamicsPREREQUISITES : Nil


Week 1 : Fundamental definitions and concepts in thermodynamics
Week 2 : Properties of pure substances
Week 3 : Work and heat
Week 4 : First law of thermodynamics for closed systems
Week 5 : First law of thermodynamics for open systems – I
Week 6 : First law of thermodynamics for open systems – II
Week 7 : Second law of thermodynamics
Week 8 : Entropy transfer for closed systems
Week 9 : Entropy transfer for open systems
Week 10: Irreversibility and exergy
Week 11: Thermodynamic Cycles: Air Standard Cycles, Vapour PowerCycles
Week 12 : Thermodynamic Cycles: Vapour Power Cycles (contd),Refrigeration Cycles

Taught by

Prof. Suman Chakraborty and Aditya Bandopadhyay

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