Courses » Engineering Thermodynamics

Engineering Thermodynamics


This course provides an introduction to the most powerful engineering principles -Thermodynamics: the science of energy and its transformation from one form to another form. The subject is widely applicable in several branches of engineering and science. The objective of this course is to introduce systematic different tools needed to analyze energy systems from various daily lives to large scale engineering applications. More specifically, we will cover the topics of mass and energy conservation principles; first law analysis of closed and open systems; understanding second law of thermodynamics and entropy; exergy; properties of pure substances; power generation and refrigeration on thermodynamic cycles; thermodynamic relation, combustion and reaction.

  • BE


PREREQUISITES: An introductory background in chemistry, physics and Maths (calculus) will be needed. Thus, the course is ideal for first or second year engineering students.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All engineering Based industry


Dr. Jayant K. Singh received his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur in chemical engineering in 1997. He subsequently completed his Masters degree in computer science and engineering and Ph.D. in chemical engineering in the area of molecular simulation from SUNY Buffalo, USA in 2004. Dr. Singh is currently a professor in the department of chemical engineering at IIT Kanpur. Dr. Singh 's current research interest is in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, material modeling, confined fluids and development of molecular simulation tools. Dr Singh has co-authored more than 90 peer reviewed articles in international journals of repute. He is a recipient of prestigious awards such as Humboldt Fellow for experience researcher, Young Engineers of Indian National Academy of Engineers, Amar-Dye Chem award and BRNS Young Scientist Award. He is also an elected member of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.


Week 1  : Introduction to Energy and Energy transfer
Week 2  : Properties of Pure Substances
Week 3  : Energy analysis of closed system
Week 4  : Mass and Energy Analysis of open systems 
Week 5  : The second law of thermodynamics and entropy
Week 6  : Exergy  Analysis
Week 7  : Power & Refrigeration Cycles
Week 8 : Thermodynamic Potentials I Law Application to Chemically Reacting Systems


•    Cengel and Boles, Thermodynamics An Engineering Approach, 7h Edition Tata McGraw Hill
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.