ENGR 212-503: 
Conservation Principles in Thermal Sciences, Fall 2003


S. Socolofsky > ENGR 212

Conservation Principles in Thermal Sciences, Fall 2003

U.S. WindPower, Inc. (USW) built this field of wind power plants, which includes 192 Enertech 44-foot diameter, 40 kW turbines, located in Altamont Pass near Livermore, California.  Photo taken from the DOE Digital Archive.

Scott A. Socolofsky
CE/TTI 802B, (979) 845-4517
Office hours:  4-5:00 p.m. MTW

Teaching Assistant:
Tirtharaj Bhaumik
HYDRO 102, (979) 696-4305
Office hours:  MTW 10-11:00 a.m.

Computer Labs:

Course Meeting Times:
MW 1:30-3:40 pm, Zachry 127B

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to help students acquire a basic knowledge of thermodynamics and fluids to analyze thermal systems by helping students to learn:

  • principles of conservation of mass and energy
  • relationships between and application of thermodynamic properties
  • concepts of heat and work energy
  • how to analyze open and closed systems
  • applications of entropy and the second law of thermodynamics
  • how to estimate performance of gas and vapor cycles
  • introductory concepts of fluid statics and dynamics
  • use of computer to model thermodynamic systems

The skills learned through this course are also exercised through conducting a group project.  This year's group project was to design and conduct an experiment demonstrating a thermodynamic concept from the course.  The Class Projects Proceedings contains the reports written by each team in Fall 2003.

Course Description
(From undergraduate catalog)

Conservation Principles in Thermal Sciences. (2-2). Credit 3. I, II, S  Theory and application of energy methods in engineering; conservation principles to investigate "traditional" thermodynamics and internal flow fluids.  Prerequisites:  MATH 251 or registration therein; upper-level classification in a College of Engineering major. 




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