ENCH296-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


An introduction to concepts and principles in chemical and process thermodynamics. This course includes the 1st and 2nd Laws, equilibrium and reversibility, ideal gas process calculations and refrigeration and heat pump cycles.

Thermodynamics is a core subject for chemical and process engineering. Its principles are used in fluid mechanics, reaction engineering, heat and mass transfer, separation processes and process energy balances. This course emphasises the development of these general principles including the 1st and 2nd Laws and the application of these to energy balances. This course will also reinforce mathematical concepts (such as partial derivatives) by linking them to physical phenomenon related to thermodynamics.  

Topics include:

- Internal energy, heat, work, state functions and the 1st law of thermodynamics
- Properties of Ideal gases and PVT behaviour of fluids
- Application of partial derivatives and integral calculus to thermodynamics
- Reversibility and equilibrium
- Ideal gas processes
- Phase diagrams and the Phase rule
- Enthalpy and its use in energy balances including reactions and phase changes
- Thermodynamics of ideal mixtures
- Steam tables and others sources of thermodynamic data
- The 2nd Law, heat engines, Entropy and Gibbs energy

Learning Outcomes

LO1 – Understand the concept of energy storage and energy transfer

LO2 – Knowledge of the 1st Law of thermodynamics and its limits

LO3 – Be capable in using and describing partial derivatives in thermodynamics

LO4 – Able to perform ideal gas process calculations and understand the limits of application

LO5 – Be able to describe reversibility and equilibrium

LO6 – Understand phase diagrams, the phase rule and phase transition

LO7 – Able to use and apply energy balances to complex systems

LO8 – Understand reference states and be capable of obtaining thermodynamic data  

LO9 – Knowledge of the 2nd Law of thermodynamics and basic understanding of entropy and entropy changes

LO10 – Capable of performing heat engine, refrigeration and steam turbine calculations

The following table relates the IPENZ graduate competency profiles to the learning outcomes.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 E6 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 E6 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 E7 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 E6 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug

Timetable Note

Due to the availability of the lecturers, there will be four lectures per week in term three, and two lectures per week in term four.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Anne Gordon


Matthew Liberatore

Students with concerns about the course should contact the course coordinator (Anne Gordon), the 1st Pro Director of Studies (Ken Morison), or the Head of Department (Peter Gostomski)


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 35%
Homework 10% Weekly, term 3.
Quizzes 10% Quizzes held approximately every week in term 3.
Test 1 07 Aug 2018 25%
Test 2 22 Aug 2018 15%
Assignment 12 Oct 2018 5%

Course Policy on Collaboration and Cheating
Solving problems in small teams and collaborative learning when working on assignments is encouraged. However direct copying is plagiarism and will result in zero marks for all students involved. When assessment is distributed, you will be instructed whether the assessment is to be submitted for marking individually or as part of a pair/group. The assignments are mainly a tool to prepare you for the exams. The advice is to try them individually before collaborating in groups.


Recommended Reading

Smith, J. M.1916-2009. , Van Ness, H. C., Abbott, Michael M; Introduction to chemical engineering thermodynamics; 7th ed; McGraw-Hill, 2005.

Newer/older versions of the required text are acceptable.

Course reader by Dr. Marshall – available on Learn


General Policies of the Department
Students may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as the special considerations applications, appeals procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar.  The Departmental assessment details are distributed to the students at the beginning of the year.

This course is a compulsory 1st Professional course and is a prerequisite for ENCH392.  Attendance at all lectures is strongly recommended. A course reader is supplied but you should not assume this means you can miss lectures. Completion of all homework, assignments, quizzes, tests, and exam is required to pass the course (unless otherwise agreed in writing with the course coordinator prior to assessment due date).

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

In class quizzes, 10% total, approximately every week, term 3
Homework, 10% total, weekly, term 3
Test 1, 25%, 7th August
Test 2, 15%, 22nd August
Assignment, 5%, 12th October, 5pm
Final exam, 35%, TBA

Late submission of work

Late submission will lose 25% grade, per day, over the due date.

Other specific requirements

Students may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as the applications for special consideration, appeals procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar.

Requests for extensions

See the course coordinator.


See the course coordinator.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $5,125.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

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