ME306 - Applied Thermodynamics

ME306 - Applied Thermodynamics


Upendra Bhandarkar




Spring ‘21

Course Difficulty

The course builds upon the fundamentals of thermal and fluids learnt in the previous core courses and goes on at a slow pace, covering industrial implmentations of the field one by one. The content is very easy to grasp.

Time Commitment Required

Hardly more than a couple hours other than the lectures every week

Grading Policy and Statistics

Relative grading, with most people getting a grade greater than or equal to BB. Almost 15% of the class got AA. For detailed stats, check ASC

Attendance Policy

We did not have an attendance policy earlier, but looking at the low Attendance, the professor set up an incentive based Attendance policy. Attending more than a certain fraction of the remaining classes got us bonus points.


ME209, ME219, ME346

Evaluation Scheme

6 Quizzes - 10% each, Endsem - 40%, with upto 6 bonus points based on Attendance

Topics Covered in the Course

Combustion, Otto and Diesel Cycles, Rankine cycle, Psychrometry, Refrigeration, Compressible Flows

Teaching Style

Live lectures with the professor using a writing app. The notes were quite detailed and self sufficient.


There were tutorial sheets uploaded after every topic, with a quiz on the same topic the following week. The solutions to the tuts were discussed in an interactive manner in the class.

Feedback on Exams

Quizzes - Pretty chill, one long question on the topic recently covered.
No midsem
Endsem - 7 detailed questions on the 7 topics covered in the semester. We had to attempt any 5

Course Importance

Prepares you for industrial applications of thermal and fluid engineering. There are a lot of electives that can be taken up after this.

References Used

Moran and Shapiro

ME 306 Review By: Gagan Jain