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ZUG2037 – Thermodynamic Properties of Fluids

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 2, 2019 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 2, 2020 (Extended Programme)

8 credits, NQF Level 6


This module provides the students with an understanding of the fundamental properties of gases and condensable vapours and the principles governing their Thermodynamic analysis. In essence this analysis involves the application of the conservation of energy and mass in closed and open systems. The module further introduces students to steady flow energy equation, continuity equation, adiabatic flows, enthalpy and the second law of Thermodynamics.  In conclusion it explains the Thermodynamic analysis of steam.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand the Thermodynamic properties of gases
2Master the concept of heat transfer and the conservation of energy for closed Systems
3Perform kinetic energy and internal energy calculations
4Apply steady flow energy equation
5Understand Thermodynamic behaviour of fluids in turbo machinery
6Understand the principles governing the second law of Thermodynamics
7Analyse and solve steam related engineering problems


Coursework assessment: 25%
Examination: 75%

Workload requirements

Heat and temperature affect the behaviour of fluids in operating environment. The thermal behaviour of fluids can be managed and controlled by applying the principles that govern the Thermodynamic properties of fluids. The objective of this course is to introduce the students to basic principles of Thermodynamics.There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements and class tests. All outcomes will be assessed by means of class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Basic Concepts in Physics, Chemistry of Engineering Materials


Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems