TEP4120 - Engineering Thermodynamics 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Concepts and definitions; the thermodynamic system, properties, phase equilibrium of pure substances, equations of state for gases, tables of thermodynamic properties, work and heat. First law of thermodynamics; thermodynamic cycles, change of state, internal energy, enthalpy, specific heat; open systems, steady-state and transient processes. Second law of thermodynamics; reversible and irreversible processes, the Carnot cycle, the thermodynamic temperature scale, entropy, the entropy production concept. Thermodynamic power cycles, refrigeration cycles, the Otto cycle and the Diesel cycle, the gas-turbine process. Introduction to exergy analysis.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The course provides the student with knowledge about: - Conservation laws for mass and energy (including the 1st law of Thermodynamics). - Forms of energy such as work (power) and heat, internal energy and enthalpy. - Entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics. - Reasons for thermodynamic losses in the form of irreversibilities. - The quality of different forms of energy measured as the ability to produce work. - Destruction of energy quality in processes. - Ideal gas model, its assumptions, applications and limitations. - Different cyclic processes such as Carnot, Rankine, Otto, Diesel and Brayton. – The course gives the student insight about: - Operation of steam and gas based power stations, internal combustion engines, heat pumps and refrigeration cycles. - The main components of heat & power processes, such as steam and gas turbines, compressors, pumps, fans, heat exchangers and valves. - The ability of fluids to change phase (solid, liquid and gas). Skills: The course should enable the student to: - Estimate thermodynamic properties for systems by the use of tables and graphical diagrams. - Calculate efficiencies for power producing and power consuming processes. - Describe thermodynamic processes in graphical diagrams such as pv, Tv og Ts. General competence: The course should give the student: - Basic competence that constitute central elements in other courses focusing on energy systems and industrial processes. - Understanding of systems and the capability to evaluate the efficiency of processes w.r.t. energy and exergy (energy quality). - Overview of processes for power production, heating (heat pumps) and cooling (refrigeration cycles).

Learning methods and activities


Weekly assignments. 8 of 12 assignments must be approved. The assignments on steam power cycle and refrigeration and heat pump can be replaced by a laboratory exercise, for a limited amount of students.

One group assignment during the semester (mandatory laboratory exercise with standard scientific report writing).

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Small project

Further on evaluation

Approved compulsory activity (assignments and semester project) will be valid for all later exams in the course. You have to pass the semester assignment and 2/3 of the weekly assignments in order to take the final exam.

The exam is digital supervisor exam using inspera.

A postponed written exam ("kontinuasjonseksamen") can be changed to an oral exam.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Moran, Shapiro et al.: Principles of Engineering Thermodynamics, Wiley, 9th edition SI (editions 5, 6, 7, 8 also work, notice that some are called "Fundamentals of", but the book is the same). Truls Gundersen: An Introduction to the Concept of Exergy and Energy Quality. Written suggested solutions are available after each assignment.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO1027 7.5
TEP4115 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
TFNE2001 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
TEP4123 6.0 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Energy and Process Engineering
  • Thermodynamics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Energy and Process Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-20 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 46
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 80
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 48
SL310 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 59
SL110 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 38
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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