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New course added: Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics

TU Delft OpenCourseWare published a new course in the field of Sustainable processes and Energy Technologies, called Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics.

About Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics:

The course describes in a simple and practical way what non-equilibrium thermodynamics is and how it can contribute to engineering fields. It explains how to derive proper equations of transport from the second law of thermodynamics or the entropy production. The obtained 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. The entropy balance is used to define the energy efficiency in energy conversion and create consistent thermodynamic models. It also provides a systematic method for minimizing energy losses that are connected with transport of heat, mass, charge and momentum. The entropy balance examines operation at the state of minimum entropy production and is used to propose some rules of design for energy efficient operation.

For this course some knowledge of engineering thermodynamics is a prerequisite. The first and second law of thermodynamics and terms as entropy should be known before starting this course.

A little information about the mastertrack of Sustainable processes and Energy Technologies:

Sustainable process and energy engineering is one of the most important engineering developments in the 21st century. But what precisely do we mean by it?

Industrial processes and energy systems are sustainable if they promote development that ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own demands’. But achieving sustainability in the industrial realm will not be easy and can only be accomplished by overcoming formidable technical challenges.

Industrial sustainability
Sustainable industrial production is only possible if processes can be developed that use energy and resources more efficiently and drastically reduce waste streams – or even reuse waste as new primary material resources. We need to get more while using less; that requires the re-invention of many industrial processes.

What you will learn
In this track, students acquire the theoretical knowledge, the numerical and experimental skills, and practical hands-on experience they will need to work on conventional processes and energy systems and to develop next‑generation energy and process technologies.

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