Statistical Thermodynamics for Engineers

By Prof. Saptarshi Basu   |   IISc Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 47
This course introduces the fundamentals and applications of Statistical Thermodynamics from an engineering sciences point of view with particular emphasis on spectroscopy, and laser based diagnostics techniques applied to thermal sciences. The course begins with an introduction to the fundamentals of statistical thermodynamics. Then the course delves into the study of Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy to understand the relevant fundamentals before diving into applications involving laser based diagnostics. The course covers several applications like laser induced fluorescence techniques used for meausrement of species concentration and temperature.


PREREQUISITES: Calculus, Basics of Probability Theory and Statistics, Fundamentals of Thermodynamics

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: General Electric, Siemens, Pratt and Whittney, HPCL, GTRE
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:

1. Introduction 
1.1 The Statistical Foundation of Classical Thermodynamics
1.2 A Classification Scheme for Statistical Thermodynamics
1.3 Why Statistical Thermodynamics?

2. Probability and Statistics
2.1 Probability: Definitions and Basic Concepts
2.2 Permutations and Combinations
2.3 Probability Distributions: Discrete and Continuous
2.4 The Binomial Distribution
2.5 The Poisson Distribution
2.6 The Gaussian Distribution
2.7 Combinatorial Analysis for Statistical Thermodynamics
    2.7.1 Distinguishable Objects
    2.7.2 Indistinguishable Objects

Week 2, 3:

3. The Statistics of Independent Particles
3.1 Essential Concepts from Quantum Mechanics
3.2 The Ensemble Method of Statistical Thermodynamics
3.3 The Two Basic Postulates of Statistical Thermodynamics
    3.3.1 The M–B Method: System Constraints and Particle Distribution
    3.3.2 The M–B Method: Microstates and Macrostates
3.4 The Most Probable Macrostate
3.5 Bose–Einstein and Fermi–Dirac Statistics
    3.5.1 Bose–Einstein Statistics
    3.5.2 Fermi-Dirac Statistics
    3.5.3 The Most Probable Particle Distribution
3.6 Entropy and the Equilibrium Particle Distribution
    3.6.1 The Boltzmann Relation for Entropy
    3.6.2 Identification of Lagrange Multipliers
    3.6.3 The Equilibrium Particle Distribution

Week 4:

4. Thermodynamic Properties in the Dilute Limit
4.1 The Dilute Limit
4.2 Corrected Maxwell–Boltzmann Statistics
4.3 The Molecular Partition Function
    4.3.1 The Influence of Temperature
    4.3.2 Criterion for Dilute Limit
4.4 Internal Energy and Entropy in the Dilute Limit
4.5 Additional Thermodynamic Properties in the Dilute Limit
4.6 The Zero of Energy and Thermodynamic Properties
4.7 Intensive Thermodynamic Properties for the Ideal Gas

Week 5, 6:

5. Basics of Quantum Mechanics
5.1 Historical Survey of Quantum Mechanics
5.2 The Bohr Model for the Spectrum of Atomic Hydrogen
5.3 The de Broglie Hypothesis
5.4 A Heuristic Introduction to the Schrödinger Equation
5.5 The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
5.6 The Steady-State Schrödinger Equation
    5.6.1 Single-Particle Analysis
    5.6.2 Multiparticle Analysis
5.7 The Particle in a Box
5.8 The Uncertainty Principle
5.9 Indistinguishability and Symmetry
5.10 The Pauli Exclusion Principle
5.11 The Correspondence Principle
6. Quantum Analysis of Internal Energy Modes
6.1 Schrödinger Wave Equation for Two-Particle System
    6.1.1 Conversion to Center-of-Mass Coordinates
    6.1.2 Separation of External from Internal Modes
6.2 The Internal Motion for a Two-Particle System
6.3 The Rotational Energy Mode for a Diatomic Molecule
6.4 The Vibrational Energy Mode for a Diatomic Molecule
6.5 The Electronic Energy Mode for Atomic Hydrogen
6.6 The Electronic Energy Mode for Multielectron Species
    6.6.1 Electron Configuration for Multielectron Atoms
    6.6.2 Spectroscopic Term Symbols for Multielectron Atoms
    6.6.3 Electronic Energy Levels and Degeneracies for Atoms
    6.6.4 Electronic Energy Levels and Degeneracies for Diatomic Molecules
6.7 Combined Energy Modes for Atoms and Diatomic Molecules
6.8 Selection Rules for Atoms and Molecules

Week 7:

7. The Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules
7.1 Rotational Spectroscopy Using the Rigid-Rotor Model
7.2 Vibrational Spectroscopy Using the Harmonic-Oscillator Model
7.3 Rovibrational Spectroscopy: The Simplex Model
7.4 The Complex Model for Combined Rotation and Vibration
7.5 Rovibrational Spectroscopy: The Complex Model
7.6 Electronic Spectroscopy
7.7 Energy-Mode Parameters for Diatomic Molecules

Week 8:

8.  Interlude: From Particle to Assembly
8.1 Energy and Degeneracy
8.2 Separation of Energy Modes
8.3 The Molecular Internal Energy
8.4 The Partition Function and Thermodynamic Properties
8.5 Energy-Mode Contributions in Classical Mechanics
    8.5.1 The Phase Integral
    8.5.2 The Equipartition Principle
    8.5.3 Mode Contributions

Week 9, 10:

9 Thermodynamic Properties of the Ideal Gas
9.1 The monoatomic gas
    9.1.1 Translation Mode
    9.1.2 Electronic Mode
9.2 The Diatomic Gas
    9.2.1 Translational and Electronic Modes
    9.2.2 The Zero of Energy
    9.2.3 Rotational Mode
    9.2.4 Quantum Origin of Rotational Symmetry Factor
    9.2.5 Vibrational Mode
9.3 Rigorous and Semirigorous Models for the Diatomic Gas
9.4 The Polyatomic Gas
    9.4.1 Rotational Contribution
    9.4.2 Vibrational Contribution
    9.4.3 Property Calculations for Polyatomic Molecules

10. Statistical Thermodynamics for Ideal Gas Mixtures
10.1 Equilibrium Particle Distribution for the Ideal Gas Mixture
10.2 Thermodynamic Properties of the Ideal Gas Mixture
10.3 The Reacting Ideal Gas Mixture
     10.3.1 Equilibrium Particle Distribution for Reactive Ideal Gas Mixture
     10.3.2 Equilibrium Constant: Introduction and Development
10.4 Equilibrium Constant: General Expression and Specific
     10.4.1 Dissociation of a Homonuclear Diatomic
     10.4.2 The Homonuclear–Heteronuclear Conversion Reaction
     10.4.3 The Ionization Reaction

Week 11, 12:

11. Concentration and Temperature Measurements
11.1 Mode Temperatures
11.2 Radiative Transitions
     11.2.1 Spectral Transfer of Radiation
     11.2.2 The Einstein Coefficients
     11.2.3 Line Broadening
11.3 Absorption Spectroscopy
11.4 Emission Spectroscopy
     11.4.1 Emissive Diagnostics
     11.4.2 The problem of Self-Absorption
11.5 Fluorescence Spectroscopy
11.6 Sodium D-Line Reversal
11.7 Advanced Diagnostic Techniques

Books and references

Reference book:
Statistical Thermodynamics
Fundamentals and Applications by Laurendeau

Instructor bio

Prof. Saptarshi Basu

IISc Bangalore
Dr. Saptarshi Basu is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Science.Prof. Basu leads large scale initiatives in the area of combustion, multi-phase flow and heat transfer. He is a project leader in the National Center for Combustion Research and Development and SERIIUS (Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States).Before joining IISc, Dr. Saptarshi Basu was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering at University of Central Florida from August 2007-May 2010.Dr. Saptarshi Basu received his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Connecticut in 2004 and 2007 respectively. His current research interests include combustion instability, flame-vortex interaction, sprays, droplet combustion, colloids, droplet/spray vaporization, acoustic levitation of functional droplets, droplet dynamics in high temperature plasmas, water transport characteristics in fuel cells, thermal storage and general areas of heat transfer.He has expertise in optical diagnostics particularly laser induced fluorescence, particle image velocimetry, tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy, IR-thermography, rayleigh scattering and laser induced incandescence. He has authored over 180 technical publications in journals and conferences . Prof. Basu is a member of ASME, AIAA, ISHMT and Combustion Institute.Prof. Saptarshi Basu has been awarded the prestigious Swarnajayanti Fellowship in Engineering Sciences, 2013-2014; Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Prof. Saptarshi Basu has been awarded the K.N Seetharamu Medal and Prize, 2015; Indian Society of Heat and Mass Transfer, [Awarded to 1 researcher in heat and mass transfer biennially all over India]. Prof. Basu is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

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Date and Time of Exams: April 30, 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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