Course on Applied Thermodynamics

About Course

The course aims to cover fundamentals of Applied Thermodynamics which is the branch of science developing the relations between heat, work and the properties of the systems. Apply the thermodynamic concepts to analyse the performance of subsystem/system.


Thermodynamics the branch of physical science that deals with the relations between heat, workor other forms of energy (such as mechanical, electrical, or chemical energy)and the properties of the systems.The system is a macroscopically identifiable collection of matteron which we focus our attention. Thus, it is importance to understand the principles and applications of the concepts of first and second laws of thermodynamics to various processes and cycles encountered in a system such as combustion of fuels and performance of  engine,air power cycle in an air compressor, steam nozzle, refrigeration and air conditioning systemsand identify the methods for performance improvement. Thus, attending this course mechanical, Aeronautical, chemical engineers will gain theoretical knowledge of principle of thermodynamics and its application in real life and solve thermal related problems by adopting appropriate law and principle to analyse and interpret the performance of system.

What Will I Learn?

  • Gain fundamental knowledge of the concept of thermodynamics and laws of thermodynamics
  • Apply the thermodynamic concept to analyze the performance of various thermodynamic processes and cycles.
  • Understand the working principle and performance evaluation of various systems involving thermodynamic cycle and process such as engines, compressors, nozzles, refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  • Able to identify methods to improve the performance of the thermodynamic system.

Topics for this course

8 Lessons40h

Air standard cycles, I.C.Engines

Air standard cycles: Carnot, Otto, Diesel, Dual and Stirling cycles, p-v and T -s diagrams, description,efficiencies and mean effective pressures. Comparison of Otto and Diesel cycles.
I.C.Engines: Classification of IC engines, Combustion of SI engine and CI engine, Detonation and factorsaffecting detonation, Performance analysis of I.C Engines, Heat balance, Morse test, IC Engine fuels, Ratings and Alternate Fuels.

Gas Power Cycles

Vapour Power Cycles

Refrigeration Cycles

Psychrometrics and Air-conditioning Systems

Reciprocating Compressors and Steam nozzles

About the instructor

Dr. Jagadish T

Director, Research and Development

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54 Courses

5 students



  • The prerequisites required are basic knowledge of physical science, mathematics, and general mechanical engineering related topics such as heat, work or other forms of energies.

Target Audience

  • Engineers working in Mechanical,automotive, aerospace, railways, defence, nuclear energy, thermal power, wind, etc, and related Industry involving thermal analysis can participate.
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