AE3450: Course Overview
Catalog Description
First and second laws of thermodynamics. Thermodynamic properties and state equations. Isentropic flow. Flows with shocks and expansions. Flows with friction and heat transfer.

Course Goals
A student taking this course is intended to:

  1. Learn about basic thermodynamic properties (e.g., temperature, pressure, density, internal energy, enthalpy, and entropy), their definitions, and how to use state equation relationships to calculate one property based on other properties..
  2. Understand the basic theorems of Thermodynamics in the form of the First and Second Laws, and their application to both closed and open systems.
  3. Gain familiarity with the properties of compressible flow, especially in contrast to the properties of incompressible flows.
  4. Be able to analyze quasi-one-dimensional compressible flows, including:
Physics 2212 and Math 2401. Specific areas/concepts that students should have some familiarity with are:
  1. Newton Second Law (F=d(mu)/dt) and momentum
  2. Conservation of energy
  3. Some computer modeling capability (Matlab, spreadsheets, etc.)
While not a requirement, exposure to control volume analysis and incompressible fluid dynamics (e.g., as covered in AE 2020) will be helpful.

    Thermodynamics and Compressible Flow, Custom Edition, Pearson-Prentice Hall.
    (taken from Thermodynamics, 3rd edition, William Z. Black, and James G.  Hartley,  Prentice-Hall, 1996, and
    Gas Dynamics, 2nd edition, James E. A. John, Prentice-Hall, 1984)