An online tool for facilitating thermodynamic property lookups

Property lookups are a critical element of undergraduate engineering thermodynamics courses. A student focus on the process of property lookups, however, can serve to obfuscate higher level learning objectives and analysis. We discuss application of PYroMat, an open-source, Python-based thermodynamic lookup package, to simplify property lookups and enable students to focus on deeper investigation of core concepts. While PYroMat has previously been reported as a classroom tool, the present study reports on development of a set of online calculators based on the PYroMat package to eliminate the need for students to learn programming skills alongside the thermodynamics content. Results from a survey indicate potential for the tool, but interpretations are somewhat limited by a small sample size. We believe that dissemination of these tools have the potential to facilitate student learning and encourage exploration of thermodynamics concepts.


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Work Title An online tool for facilitating thermodynamic property lookups
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  1. Joseph Ranalli
  2. Christopher Reed Martin
  3. Jacob Preston Moore
License In Copyright (Rights Reserved)
Work Type Article
  1. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Publication Date June 15, 2019
Deposited September 26, 2022




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