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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Builds on introductory thermodynamics and fluid mechanics units to further students’ understanding of the fundamentals of classical thermodynamics and heat transfer, and covers applications in mechanical engineering thermal systems. The unit revises the second law, introduces chemical reactions and combustion, and addresses power cycles, refrigeration, air-conditioning and liquefaction. Modes of heat transfer and heat exchanger design are addressed.

Unit content

Revision of fundamentals; second law, entropy, exergy  

Power and refrigeration cycles  

Refrigeration and liquefaction  

Air conditioning  

Gas turbines  

Mixtures, psychrometry, chemical reactions and combustion  

Conduction, convection and radiation  

Heat exchanger design  

Thermal technology in practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify and explain the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
2 analyse thermal engineering problems in terms of the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 model and solve thermodynamics and heat transfer problems Knowledge of a discipline
4 develop skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment for experimental investigation and measurement of thermodynamic and heat transfer phenomena, and in reporting findings Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
5 understand the application of thermodynamics and heat transfer in mechanical engineering professional practice. Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and explain the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. analyse thermal engineering problems in terms of the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. model and solve thermodynamics and heat transfer problems
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. develop skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment for experimental investigation and measurement of thermodynamic and heat transfer phenomena, and in reporting findings
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. understand the application of thermodynamics and heat transfer in mechanical engineering professional practice.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Cengel, YA & Ghajar, A, 2014, Heat and Mass Transfer: Fundamentals and Applications, 5th edn, McGraw-Hill, USA. ISBN: 10: 0073398187.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.