Thermodynamics Course I


Introduction to Thermodynamics, Energy, Heat and Power – Thermodynamics Made Simple Series


S. Bobby Rauf, P.E., C.E.M, MBA


Course Highlights

In this course you will get introduced to units, concepts, terms, principles, laws and equations pertaining to energy and thermodynamics. Inter-conversion between heat and other forms of Different types of specific heat, and specific heat based energy and heat calculation techniques are explained and illustrated. Also, in this thermodynamics course, concepts of power, power flow and power conversion are introduced and illustrated; with emphasis on steam power and energy to “wire” or electric power and energy transformation.

Cross-discipline analogies are borrowed from other engineering disciplines, where applicable, to better illustrate the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics. This course caters to engineers of all disciplines, as well as technicians, facilities managers and executives who are not intimately familiar with thermodynamics principles and practices. The course is based on the text titled “Thermodynamics Made Simple for Energy Engineers,” by
S. Bobby Rauf, Fairmont Press, 2010.

Course Objectives

  • Familiarization with the principles, concepts, terms, principles, units, laws and equations pertaining to energy
    and thermodynamics.
  • Better understanding of how to assess heat and energy conversion.
  • Better understanding of the concept of specific heatand its application in estimation of temperature change of substance in response to heat flow; and conversely, estimation of the amount of heat energy required to achieve a certain change in temperature.
  • Enhanced comprehension of the concepts of power, power conversion, and the multifaceted nature of efficiency in thermodynamic systems.
  • Better understanding of steam to electricity power and energy transformation.