Thermodynamics for processes and systems 1

Learning objectives

The PhD candidate is able to evaluate the thermodynamic performance of various basic processes   by applying the exergy concept and to identify ways to reduce  exergy losses in  frequently applied basic processes.

More specifically, the PhD candidate must be able to:
1. Determine the exergy values, including chemical exergy, of fluid mixtures and fuels
2. Determine exergy losses and exergy efficiencies of basic processes like fuel conversion (combustion, gasification, reforming), heat transfer, expansion turbines and compression and to present exergy losses in property diagrams and value diagrams


1. Short recapitulation of the fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics: first law, energy balance of closed and open systems, second law, entropy and irreversibility.
2. Specific thermodynamic properties of fluids: properties of water and steam, properties of ideal gas.
3. Extended definition of exergy and environment: Chemical exergy, Exergy of fuels, Exergy efficiencies.
4. Value diagrams: Application for heat exchanging equipment and combustion processes.
5. Exergy losses of basic processes: fuel conversion, heat transfer, turbines, compressors.

Required background

Undergraduate courses  in Thermodynamics (TBC)

Course material

Slides, course notes, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, 7e Michael J. Moran, Howard N. Shapiro, Daisie D. Boettner, Margaret B. Bailey

GS credits:
Ects 1.5 /5 GS

Lecturer(s): Dr. Aravind Aravind and Ir. Theo Woudstra

Course dates: 
To be announced in the beginning of the year 2020


Group sizes: 
Max 25 participants


Written exam


PhD candidates working on process and energy systems wishing to participate should contact Dr. Aravind Aravind by email ( at least two weeks before the start of the course.