This PhD course is based on the textbook by H. B. Callen: “Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics”. It covers fundamental thermodynamic concepts such as the general principles of classical thermodynamics. Teaching will be conducted on the blackboard. The following chapters will be covered in detail:  

·     Chapter 1: The problem and postulates  

·     Chapter 2: Conditions of equilibrium  

·     Chapter 3: Some formal relationships and sample systems  

·     Chapter 4: Reversible processes and the maximum work theorem  

·     Chapter 5: Alternative formulations and Legendre Transformations  

·     Chapter 6: The extremum principle in the Legendre transformed representations 

·     Chapter 7: Maxwell relations  

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in thermodynamics and mathematical skills including partial derivatives, Taylors expansion, and differentials.  

: The students will be evaluated based on a Quiz in Moodle.  

 H. B. Callen: Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics, 2nd edition.  

Associate Professor Torsten Berning, 

Associate Professor Torsten Berning, AAU Energy 


16-18 March 2022

AAU Energy, Aalborg

Number of seats: 

23 February 2022

Important information concerning PhD courses:
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.