autumn 2018

ITE1814 Thermodynamics - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 12.02.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology


Narvik | Alta | Mo i Rana | Annet | Nettbasert |

Application deadline

1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Type of course

Can be taken as a singel course

Admission requirements

'Generell studiekompetanse' with Mathematics R1+R2 and Physics FYS1.

Prerequisite: IGR1600

Recommended prerequisite: IGR1603

Course content

  • Thermodynamic systems 
  • Propoerty, state, proecss and equilibriuim 
  • Energy and first law of thermodynamics 
  • Energy transfer by work of heat 
  • Energy balance for systems and cycles 
  • Evaluating & retrieving thermodynamic properties of a system 
  • Tables of thermodynamic properties 
  • Conservation of mass and energy for a control volume 
  • Second law of thermodynamics 
  • Use of entropy 
  • Introduction to vapor power cycles 
  • Vapor refrigeration and heat pump systems 
  • Basics of heat transfer (conduction & convection)

Recommended prerequisites

IGR1518 Mathematics 1 - 3 terms, IGR1600 Mathematics 1, IGR1603 Physics/Chemistry

Objectives of the course


This course aims to build the foundation for preparing students to get an understanding and work professionally in the area of thermodynamics and related processes. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the theories and concepts regarding thermodynamics & basic of heat transfer.
  • Describe functions and practical usage of thermodynamic processes and related components, e.g. heat pumps, and cooling machines.
  • Apply principles of engineering, basic science and mathematics to model, analyse, design and realize thermodynamics systems, components and processes.  
  • Perform technical calculations on systems as well as components within the technical area, e.g. dimensioning of heat exchangers, the heat factor of a heat pump, and the power consumption of a pump


Students will learn to apply their knowledge in the subject to solve general and specific problems in thermodynamics on a well-founded and understandable way. (LU -M -F 1..5 ) .  

General Competence:  

Students have a basis for assessing how the choice of process equipment and components have an impact on resource use , economics and security . (LU -M -G - 1..2 )

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, class & home tutorials, laboratory exercises


Grade is awarded on the basis of class assignments / laboratory exercises 40% and final 3 hour written exam 60%. Student must achieve at least 50 % overall to pass the course

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.

Date for examination

Skriftlig 23.11.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Michael J. Moran: Introduction to Thermal Systems Engineering: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer


  • Frank Kerith: The CRC handbook of Thermal Enginnering
  • R. S. Amando & B. Sunden: Thermal Engineering in Power Systems
  • R. K. Rajput: Thermal Engineering 8th Edition
  • B. K. Sarkar: Thermal Engineering
  • M. Moran: Principle of Engineering Thermodynamics 7th Edition
  • Y. A. Cengel: Thermodynamics, An Engineering approach 7th Edition
  • C. Borgnakke: Fundamental of Thermodynamics 7th Edition