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Unit Overview


This unit provides the foundational thermodynamic knowledge needed for advanced units in the Chemical Engineering program and the thermodynamics required for the Masters of Renewable and Future Energy. It covers the following key content—first and second laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic cycles, ideal gasses, equations of state of real gases; fundamental thermodynamic relations; determination of change in thermodynamic properties, criteria for phase and chemical equilibria; partial molar quantities, fugacity, phase equilibria and phase diagrams in multi-component systems; and chemical reaction equilibria.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify how thermodynamic cycles can be used for production of work from energy and their use as a basis for refrigeration systems; (2) use equations of state for real gases to obtain relevant thermodynamic state properties; (3) relate measured, fundamental and derived thermodynamic properties and construct hypothetical paths to calculate the change in a desired thermodynamic property between two states; (4) determine the thermodynamic properties of species in mixtures and the criteria that govern the phase equilibrium and chemical reaction equilibrium; (5) apply phase equilibrium analyses to calculate how species distribute among phases that are coexisting; and (6) make use of equilibrium analyses to determine the extent to which product syntheses are favoured in a particular chemical reaction given specific chemical compositional constraints.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) assignments; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Zach Aman
Unit rules
Course Enrolment in
the 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or the 62520 Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas

or completion of 18 points of the Level 1
and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science major, including ENSC2002 Energy
or CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
CHPR2006 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Advisable prior study
CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical classes: 2 hours per week

Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

8th Edition

By J.M. Smith and Hendrick Van Ness and Michael Abbott and Mark Swihart

ISBN10: 1259696529

ISBN13: 9781259696527

Copyright: 2018

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