ChE 330: Chemical and Engineering Thermodynamics
Course #: CHE 330 (4 credits)
Course Title: Chemical & Engineering Thermodynamics
Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisites: CHE 230: Introduction to Material and Energy Balances
Textbooks/Required Materials: Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 1st ed, (2015), K.D. Dahm, D.P. Visco, Cengage Learning. (SI edition)
Instructor: Lenert, Gong, Lindsey
Cognizant Faculty: Gong, Lenert, Lindsey, Min, Tadd, Tessier
Faculty Approval: 2022-09-23
CoE Bulletin Description:
Development of fundamental thermodynamic property relations and complete energy and entropy balances. Analysis of heat pumps and engines, and use of combined energy-entropy balances in flow devices. Calculation and application of total and partial properties in physical and chemical equilibria. Prediction and correlation of physical/chemical properties of various states and aggregates. Elements of statistical thermodynamics.
Course Topics: (number of hours in parentheses)
- Thermodynamic definitions: equilibrium, energy transfers, etc. (1.5)
- Material and energy balances (3)
- Entropy, irreversibility, combined energy-entropy balances (3)
- Thermodynamic processes and cycles (4.5)
- Equations of state, measurable properties, property changes (3)
- Phase equilibria of pure components (3)
- Phase equilibria of multi-component systems (6)
- Chemical reaction equilibrium (4.5)
Course Structure/Schedule: Lecture: 3 per week @ 1 hour; Discussion: 1 per week @ 1 hour
Course Objectives: Links shown in brackets are to course outcomes that satisfy these objectives.
- Provide students with a lasting and solid understanding of thermodynamics. [a-e]
- Effectively teach fundamental concepts such as enthalpy, entropy, fugacity, free energy, and chemical potential. [a-d]
- Teach students how to set up and solve thermodynamics problems. [a-e]
- Equip students to estimate or locate necessary thermodynamic data. [b,e]
- Provide examples of applications of thermodynamics to chemical engineering processes and process safety, biological sciences, energy, and environmental sciences. [a]
- Provide opportunities for students to become proficient using computer tools for solving problems. [a, c, e]
Course Outcomes: Links shown in brackets are to ABET student outcomes 1-7.
A. Apply the laws of thermodynamics to chemical engineering processes. 
B. Calculate differences in thermodynamic properties using equations of state, charts and tables, and computer resources. 
C. Solve problems dealing with multi-phase chemical systems and reactive systems, some in the context of safety. [1,2]
D. Explain the molecular basis of thermodynamics. 
E. Interpret thermodynamic data for applications in chemical engineering processes, process safety, biological sciences, energy, and environmental sciences. 
Assessment Tools: Links shown in brackets are to course outcomes.
- Weekly homework problems [a-e].
- Written quizzes [a-e].
- Written examinations [a-e].