73514 - Thermodynamics Of Energy And Materials M

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Knowledge about thermodynamic properties of fluids and materials and their use in phase equilibrium and reaction problems. Knowledge about the fundamentals of thermodynamic analysis for energy and process industry applications.

Course contents

  • Introduction / Course Overview.

Brief recall on:

- basic thermodynamic quantities, Enthalpy, Internal Energy specific heat etc...

- PVT Behavior of Pure Substances and Ideal Gas Law.

- the First Law of Thermodynamics and on its use to solve simple thermodynamic problems.

  • Second Law of Thermodynamics and its use to:

- obtain the constitutive equations for simple and complex fluids: General derivation Gibbs-Maxwell relationships starting from first and second laws of thermodynamics.

Use of Gibbs-Maxwell relationships for the evaluation of thermodynamic properties.

State diagrams, relationships among thermodynamic properties.

- the system evolution and stability of equilibrium conditions.

Constraint for the liquid vapor equilibrium

Model for the description of pure components: Cubic Equations of State, Generalized Correlations for Gases & Liquids and their use to evaluate the thermodynamic properties of pure substances and to solve simple thermodynamic problems

- the constraints guiding the energy conversions:

Ideal and Lost Work, Minimum work required/Maximum obtainable work; Exergy.

Introduction to the thermodynamic analysis of processes Applications to Compressible Flows and Compressors, to Power Cycles and Refrigeration cycles

  • Multicomponent systems:

- Ideal and non ideal mixture: excess properties and their calculation. Energy balance for non ideal mixture, mixing enthalpy and enthalpy concentration charts

- Thermodynamic approaches for the description of non ideal mixtures: fugacity, activity and activity coefficient and their calculation.

- General multiphase equilibrium

Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium: Qualitative behavior and Ideal models.

Liquid-liquid and Vapor-Liquid-liquid Equilibrium – Non-ideal models.

Gas liquid or gas solid extension of EoS to the description of mixtures, Polymer Solution Thermodynamics and Polymer-Polymer Blends. Liquid-Solid Equilibrium.

- Chemical Reaction Equilibrium

Derivation of general equilibrium relationship and analysis of Temperature and pressure effects .

Example of solution for non ideal systems, system involving pure solid phases, ststem involving also the presence of a liquid phase

Multiple Reactions systems.


Suggested textbook are

S. I. Sandler, "Chemical and Engineering Thermodynamics " 3rd Edition, Wiley and Sons (1999)

J. M. Smith, H. C. Van Ness, Michael M. Abbott – “Introduction To Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics” (7th Edition) McGraw-Hill Education, 2005

where most of the theory and results considered in the course can be found. for further reference also the following book can be considered:

R. C. Reid, J. M. Prausnitz, and B. E. Poling, “The Properties of Gases and Liquids", McGraw-Hill, New York, 1987.

J. M. Prausnitz, R. N. Lichtenthaler, E. G. de Azevedo, Molecular Thermodynamics of Fluid-Phase Equilibria 3rd Edition Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 1999.

particularly focused on the different thermodynamic models available, and

E. Winterbone , Advanced Thermodynamics for Engineers, Elsevier, 1996

to have example on the use of exergy in the analysis of thermodynamic processes.

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

The course assessment will be based on a written and an oral exam.

Only student with a score of 16/30 or higher in the written part will be admitted to the oral exam.

The written exam will request the solution of 1 or 2 exercises involving pure substances and mixtures thermodynamics. The use of personal materials and textbook is allowed, the use of laptop is permitted even if not suggested or striclty necessary.

Midterm exams will be considered depending on the schedule constraint, in case the first one will be on mid november focused on pure component thermodynamic while the second one will be soon after the course (before christmas) focused on mixture thermodynamics.

The oral exam will be based on the discussion of different topics presented during the course considering both applications and theoretical backgrounds. The oral exam will be usually based on two question and counts more (about 2/3) than the written part in determining the final grade.

Teaching tools

The slide presented during the lesson as well as other supporting materials (exercise, older exam and so on) will be made available on insegnamenti online (https://iol.unibo.it/) before the beginning of the lesson and during the lesson in case of particular needs or update.

Office hours

See the website of Marco Giacinti Baschetti