Energy and Thermodynamic Basics

Module Title Energy and Thermodynamic Basics
CompetencyUnderstanding basic physical concepts used in engineering
Courses Title Teaching Method SWS Credits Performance requirements/Examination
 Thermodynamics Fundamentals
lecture, exercise 2 2
  • midterm assignments (1/3)
  • final exam (2/3)
Heat Transfer Fundamentals lecture, exercise 4 4
  • midterm assignments (1/3)
  • final exam (2/3)
Fluid Mechanics Fundamentalslecture, exercise44
  • midterm assignments (1/3)
  • final exam (2/3)
Semester winter
Responsible El Alimi
Site Monastir
Lecturer(s) Abdelmajid Jemni
Habib Ben Aissia
Naceur Borgini
Naoual Daouas,
Maher Ben Chiekh
Hacen Dhahri
Khalifa Mejbri
Ramla Gheith
Language English
Workload 150 hours course attendance
100 hours self-study
Credits 10
Recommended Qualifications -
Learning Outcomes a) Thermodynamics Fundamentals
After the successful participation in the course Thermodynamics Fundamentals the students are able to:
  • know the basic concepts, principles and the properties of thermodynamics and thermodynamic equilibria of pure fluids and mixtures
  • control the mass balance, energy and entropy and exergy analysis of thermodynamic systems and processes
  • master the wet air diagram and unit operations of the air treatment.
b) Heat Transfer Fundamentals
After the successful participation in the course Heat Transfer Fundamentals the students are able to:
  • know the basic concepts of thermal laws and identify the three ways of heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation)
  • set equation and solve a simple problem of heat transfer in the case of regular geometries subjected to different types of boundary conditions
  • understand, model and control analytical and numerical techniques for solving heat
    conduction problems
  • define and implement a heat conduction equation problem and choose the appropriate method to solve and interpret the numerical results.
c) Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals
After the successful participation in the course Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals the students are able to:
  • measure the pressure and the velocity
  • calculate hydrostatic strength
  • determine the velocity profiles (in a pipe and inside the boundary layer) and determine the friction forces.
Contents a) Thermodynamics Fundamentals

Fundamentals of thermodynamic e.g. open and closed systems, steadystate processing, state of matter, heat, molecular agitations, ideal gases, real gases; thermodynamic properties (internal energy, enthalpy, free energy, free enthalpy, entropy, specific heat); first and second law of thermodynamics for a closed system; thermodynamic relations (Gibbs equations, Maxwell's equations, characteristic functions, general expressions of S, U and H, general relationship between Cp and Cv); thermodynamic equilibrium phases (chemical potentials); state equations applied to pure fluids (state equation of ideal gases); thermodynamics of mixtures (mixture of ideal gases, ideal solutions); first law of thermodynamics for open systems (mass and energy balance); second law of thermodynamics for open systems (entropy balance sheet); exergy analysis (generation of entropy and exergy destruction, application to steady flows and closed systems); gas turbine (operating principle, Brayton cycle, inverted Brayton cycle), steam turbine (block diagram, Rankine cycles); engines; refrigeration machines, single-stage and two-stage vapor compression (schematic diagrams, thermodynamic cycles in PH and TS diagrams, two-stage compression and expansion); cryogenic thermodynamic processes; liquefaction of air (Linde and Claude cycles); production of dry ice.

b) Heat Transfer Fundamentals
  • Heat transfer basics: specific terms (temperature, heat flux, heat, isothermal surfaces); thermo physical characteristics; heat transfer methods (mechanisms and Fourier's, Newton's and Stefan’s laws); simultaneous heat transfers.
  • Problem resolution of heat transfer: heat balance concept; general equation of conduction; boundary conditions; electrical analogy; systems with internal heat source.
  • Thermal fins study: introduction to the fins (applications, forms, materials, ... etc.); heat balance; performance and efficiency.
  • Steady conduction: analytical solution of the Laplace equation; steady numerical methods.
  • Unsteady conduction: dimensionless numbers (Biot and Fourier); thermally thin systems (low Biot); analytical and numerical methods.
  • Introduction to convection: heat transfer by convection; the general equations of transfer; boundary layers.
  • Forced convection: external flows; the experimental and theoretical methods; flow around a cylinder, sphere and a tube bundle; internal flows; hydrodynamic and thermal considerations; laminar flow in circular tubes; correlation for turbulent flow in circular
    and non-circular tubes.
  • Natural convection: boussinesq Model; similarity; natural convection near a vertical wall; correlations for natural convection.
c) Fluid Mechanics

Fluid specifications, dimensions and units; the basic law of the hydrostatic; the applications (pressure variation, measuring pressure, hydrostatic force on a surface); fluid kinematics; dynamics of perfect incompressible fluids (Bernoulli equation, applications e.g. speed measurement); Euler theorem; dynamic of real incompressible fluids (Couette experience, laminar viscous flow, Poiseuille flow); concept of loss and singular linear load; boundary layer (concept of the boundary layer, local and global equations of the boundary layer, characteristics of the boundary layer, accurate and approximate solutions of the boundary layer); similitude and dimensional analysis; dynamics of elastic fluids (unidirectional flow); shockwave.
Media Black board and beamer, lectures and presentations, problem based teaching, experimental measurements, use of simple computer programs.
  • J. Morano, N. Shapiro, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Michael J. Moran, Howard N. Shapiro, Bruce R. Munson, David P. DeWitt, Introduction to Thermal Systems Engineering: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • CENGEL Y.A. Heat Transfer : Practical Approach, McGraw-Hill, 1997
  • Yunus Cengel, John Cimbala, Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications, McGraw-Hill Higher Education