Course information

Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail S.H. Bedeaux
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Delft Open Course Ware
Education Period
None (Self Study)
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Exam Period
Exam by appointment
Course Language
Course Contents
This elective course is an OpenAccess Course by the Irreversible Thermodynamics Chair of the Process & Energy Laboratory.

The course describes in a simple and practical way what non-equilibrium thermodynamics is and how it can add to engineering fields. It explains how to derive proper equations of transport from the second law of thermodynamics or the entropy production. The equations are frequently more precise than used so far, and can be used to understand the waste of energy resources in central process units in the industry. It introduces the entropy balance as an additional equation to use in engineering, to define the energy efficiency in energy conversion, create consistent thermodynamic models, and provide a systematic method for minimizing energy losses that are connected with transport of heat, mass, charge and momentum. It examines operation at the state of minimum entropy production, and proposed some rules of design for energy efficient operation.
The direction and the efficiency of an energy converting process can only be described by the laws of thermodynamics. The knowledge gained is thus central in the context of TUDelft Energy Initiative.
Study Goals
The goal is working knowledge about the description of irreversible processes. At the end of the course, the student should be able to explain
- the entropy production of a system with transport processes
- the coupled transport of heat, mass and charge
- the entropy production in a chemical reactor
- transport of heat and mass in a flow field
- the second law efficiency
- how the efficiency can be optimized in simple process equipments
Education Method
Internet Lectures and self study.
Literature and Study Materials
Course book: Kjelstrup, Bedeaux, Johannessen, Gross: Non-equilibrium thermodynamics for engineers, World Scientific, 2010, 250 pp.
The chapters of the book constitute all of the course worth 4 ECTS
8 Lectures from the book are available on OpenAccess
6 Exercises are also available, along with a list of relevant articles (supplementary).
Admission to the exam is only for those who have delivered solutions to the total set of exercises made available for the course on Open Access. The set of problems is to be handed over to the instructor via TU delft, preferably in electronic form, before a final examination can be planned.

The examination is oral and can take place in June every year.
• The interview starts with a presentation by the student on a self-chosen topic from the curriculum, followed by a discussion of this topic.
• The student can be asked to derive and discuss another part of the book.
• All aspects of the course can be discussed during the interview.
• At the end of the interview, the instructor grades the student and the necessary administrative details are finalized.
3mE Department Process & Energy
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