Thermodynamics of Cogeneration

Course Number: M-3009
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Edward P. Brunet, Jr., P.E.
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Overview

In Thermodynamics of Cogeneration , you'll learn ...

  • Gain a working understanding of the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics
  • Understand the relative values of electrical, thermal, and mechanical energy and work
  • Be able to refute unreasonable claims of cycle thermal efficiencies
  • Be able to define entropy and understand its implications

Overview

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Credit: 3 PDH

Length: 17 pages

This three hour online course explores the thermodynamic aspects of cogeneration (generation of electric power and utilizing the waste heat for thermal energy needs). It briefly explains basic thermodynamic concepts in terms that mechanical engineers can grasp, and provides a refresher for those who have not worked with heat engine cycles for a while. Carnot and Rankine cycles are described. The importance of understanding the Second Law of Thermodynamics and applying Second Law analyses to newly developing energy concepts are stressed. Of particular interest is the use (and misuse) of the term "thermal efficiency" when discussing cogeneration cycles. The different "grades" of energy are discussed and the relative values of electrical energy, thermal and mechanical work.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Gain a working understanding of the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics
  • Understand the relative values of electrical, thermal, and mechanical energy and work
  • Be able to refute unreasonable claims of cycle thermal efficiencies
  • Be able to define entropy and understand its implications

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 20 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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