Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor Mechatronics Part-time
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2021

Course unit title Thermodynamics
Course unit code 024515031304
Language of instruction Deutsch
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 3
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Markus PREIßINGER

Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • Mathematics (Calculus in 3D, ordinary differential equations of first order)
  • Physics (mechanics)

Course content
  • Fundamental concepts: systems, states, state variables,
  • 1st Law for closed systems: work, heat, energy balance, cycles, 
  • Evaluation of state variables, projections of the state space
  • 1st Law for open systems: mass conservation, energy conservation, control volume, applications
  • 2nd Law for closed systems, Kelvin-Planck, cycles, reversible and irreversible processes, temperature scales, Carnot processes, Clausius
  • 2nd Law for open Systems, Entropy, T-dS, Entropy balance, isentropic efficiency, applications,
  • Steam processes, Rankine, superheat, re-heat,
  • Cooling and heat pumps
  • Gas processes, Otto, Diesel, Brayton. -
  • Introduction to psychrometry

Learning outcomes

Students are able to apply the methods of classical engineering thermodynamics to technical problems. They have a fundamental understanding of States, state variables, real and ideal state equations, the laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic cycles, mixtures, and chemical thermodynamics. Based on this knowledge, they are able to mathematically model thermodynamic systems. They are able to solve these models and use them to design, engineer, and optimize thermodynamic systems.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Lecture (2SWS)
  • Exercises (1SWS)
  • Attendance is voluntary but highly recommended

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of several parts.

Oral make up exams are given in case of justified absences.

Oral re-examinations are carried out in case of failure, written re-examinations can be held if the lecturer sees fit.



Recommended or required reading
  • Moran, Michael J; Moran, Michael J (2012): Principles of engineering thermodynamics. Singapore: Wiley. (Several copies are available at the FHV Library)
  • Baehr, Hans Dieter; Kabelac, Stephan (2016): Thermodynamik: Grundlagen und technische Anwendungen. 16., neu bearb. und erw. Aufl. Berlin: Springer (= Springer-Lehrbuch, available as digital version via FHV Library).
  • Weigand, Bernhard; Köhler, Jürgen; von Wolfersdorf, Jens (2013): Thermodynamik kompakt. 4. Neu bearb. und erw. Aufl.. Berlin: Springer (= Springer-Lehrbuch, available as digital version via FHV Library).

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face to face