Fall 2022 - MSE 321 D100

Engineering Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer (4)

Class Number: 1007

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Tue, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 17, 2022
    Sat, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 251, PHYS 140, and MSE 223.



Energy transfer as work and heat, the First Law of thermodynamics. Properties and states of simple substances. Control-mass and control-volume analyses. Entropy, the Second Law of thermodynamics. Carnot cycle. Energy conversion systems; internal combustion engines, power plants and refrigeration cycles. Heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Formulation and solution of steady and transient problems. Cooling of microelectronics, thermal solutions. Students with credit for ENSC 388 may not take MSE 321 for further credit.


In this course, a practical introduction of thermodynamics will be presented. Properties of pure substances will be detailed followed by a rigorous presentation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. The concept of a thermodynamic cycle will be introduced and several working fluids, including steam will be studied. These concepts will be used to analyze various energy systems including power generation, internal combustion engines, and refrigeration cycles. In the second section of the course, heat transfer analysis is presented; including heat conduction in solids and analysis of fins, forced convection heat transfer in and around circular pipes and the analysis of radiation heat transfer. Issues relevant to the cooling of microelectronics: applications of natural and forced convection in thermal solutions.


This course is an introductory study of topics in thermodynamics and heat transfer for undergraduate students pursuing engineering disciplines. Students are assumed to have an adequate background in calculus, physics, and engineering mechanics.


  • Lab reports 10%
  • Midterm exam 1 20%
  • Midterm exam 2 20%
  • Midterm exam 3 20%
  • Final exam 20%
  • Final project 10%


The grading criteria is tentitive and might be slightly modified at the begining of the course.

There are three laboratory experiments for this course: experimenting methods of pressure and temperature measurements, vapor compression refrigeration cycle and forced and natural convection. Required materials (background, instructions, and lab report template) are posted on CANVAS. 



Mandatory textbook:

Yunus. A. Cengel, Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, 2nd edition. McGraw Hill, 2008


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