16.050 Thermal Energy

As taught in: Fall 2002

An h-s diagram of a non-ideal Brayton cycle and a simplified gas turbine schematic.

An h-s diagram of a non-ideal Brayton cycle and a simplified gas turbine schematic. (Image courtesy of MIT OpenCourseWare.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Zoltan Spakovszky

Course Features

Course Description

This course is taught in four main parts. The first is a review of fundamental thermodynamic concepts (e.g. energy exchange in propulsion and power processes), and is followed by the second law (e.g. reversibility and irreversibility, lost work). Next are applications of thermodynamics to engineering systems (e.g. propulsion and power cycles, thermo chemistry), and the course concludes with fundamentals of heat transfer (e.g. heat exchange in aerospace devices).