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Thermodynamics Basics: Phases of Water, Laws and Processes

COURSE NO: M11-001
Thermodynamics Basics: Phases of Water, Laws and Processes
Course Highlights

In this online engineering PDH course, you will get introduced to phases of water, key distinctions between the phases of water, thermodynamics associated with the phase transition. You will learn basic calculations associated with latent and sensible heat assessment. You will get introduced to the critical point and the triple point. The significance of these two points and their differences are illustrated through a pressure-temperature graph.


Relevance between the law of conservation of energy and the some of the mainstream thermodynamic system analysis equations is validated through derivation of the SFEE, Steady Flow Energy Equation, for closed and open thermodynamic systems. Some of the more common thermodynamic processes are defined and explained on the basis of practical thermodynamic system examples.


The Carnot and Rankin Heat Engine Cycles are explained and their differences are highlighted. The practical significance and application of Rankin Cycle is described and illustrated through temperature-entropy, pressure-enthalpy and enthalpy-entropy diagrams or graphs.


Types of steam turbines and associated operating principles are explained. Application of thermodynamic principles, analytical methods, strategy, techniques and equations is illustrated through a capstone case study that spans from ice to superheated steam, and subsequent generation of electrical power through a steam turbine.


This 11 PDH online course is applicable to engineers of all disciplines, as well as technicians, facilities managers and executives who are not intimately familiar with thermodynamics principles and practices.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with phases of water and thermodynamics processes associated with the phase transition
  • Understanding of sensible heat versus latent heat and associated heat calculation methods
  • Understanding of critical point versus triple point
  • Understanding the composition and derivation of the SFEE
  • Understanding the SFEE for Open Thermodynamic Systems and Closed Thermodynamic Systems
  • Knowing the relationship between work, specific work, power and mass flow rate
  • Familiarizing with the basic heat engine cycles and their performance aided by pertinent graphs
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Thermodynamics Basics: Phases of Water, Laws and Processes" which is based on the text titled, "Thermodynamics Made Simple for Energy Engineers" by S. Bobby Rauf, Fairmont Press, 2010.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Thermodynamics Basics: Phases of Water, Laws and Processes (4.0 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifty five (55) questions to earn 11 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire course document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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