GATE Thermodynamics Syllabus

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GATE Thermodynamics Syllabus

Section 1 : Basic Concepts

Continuum and macroscopic approach; thermodynamic systems ( closed and open ); thermodynamic properties and equilibrium; state of a system, state postulate for simple compressible substances, state diagrams, paths and processes on state diagrams; concepts of heat and work, different modes of work; zeroth law of thermodynamics; concept of temperature.

Section 2 : First Law of Thermodynamics

Concept of energy and various forms of energy; internal energy, enthalpy; specific heats; first law applied to elementary processes, closed systems and control volumes, steady and unsteady flow analysis.

Section 3 : Second Law of Thermodynamics

Limitations of the first law of thermodynamics, concepts of heat engines and heat pumps / refrigerators, Kelvin – Planck and Clausius statements and their equivalence; reversible and irreversible processes; Carnot cycle and Carnot principles / theorems; thermodynamic temperature scale; Clausius inequality and concept of entropy; microscopic interpretation of entropy, the principle of increase of entropy, T – s diagrams; second law analysis of control volume; availability and irreversibility; third law of thermodynamics.

Section 4 : Properties of Pure Substances

Thermodynamic properties of pure substances in solid, liquid and vapor phases; P – v – T behaviour of simple compressible substances, phase rule, thermodynamic property tables and charts, ideal and real gases, ideal gas equation of state and van der Waals equation of state; law of corresponding states, compressibility factor and generalized compressibility chart.

Section 5 : Thermodynamic Relations

T – ds relations, Helmholtz and Gibbs functions, Gibbs relations, Maxwell relations, Joule – Thomson coefficient, coefficient of volume expansion, adiabatic and isothermal compressibilities, Clapeyron and Clapeyron-Clausius equations

Section 6 : Thermodynamic Cycles

Carnot vapor cycle, ideal Rankine cycle, Rankine reheat cycle, air – standard Otto cycle, air – standard Diesel cycle, air – standard Brayton cycle, vapor – compression refrigeration cycle.

Section 7 : Ideal Gas Mixtures

Dalton’s and Amagat’s laws, properties of ideal gas mixtures, air – water vapor mixtures and simple thermodynamic processes involving them; specific and relative humidities, dew point and wet bulb temperature, adiabatic saturation temperature,
psychrometric chart.