Introduces students to the fundamental concepts of engineering thermodynamics, including the units, definitions and physical basis of thermodynamic functions, and the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Students engage in individual modelling and analysis of mechanical examples and work in small groups on laboratory experiments.
1. Introduction to thermodynamics and basic concepts
2. Energy and energy transfer, first law of thermodynamics
3. Thermodynamic properties of substances
4. Mass and energy balances in open and closed systems
5. Entropy, second law of thermodynamics
6. Gas power cycles
7. Case studies
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.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Understand basic concepts, including the definition, units and physical basis of thermodynamic functions such as internal energy, entropy, enthalpy and specific heat||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Use thermodynamic tables, phase diagrams and equations of state to obtain thermodynamic property data||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Define the thermodynamic system of interest in a given mechanical engineering problem, and the relevant thermodynamic properties that describe the system||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Understand the first and second laws of thermodynamics for closed and open systems||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Use the first law to solve problems related to closed and open systems, and the first and second laws to calculate the efficiency of Carnot and Rankine cycle heat engines||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||Develop skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment for experimental investigation and measurement of thermodynamic systems, and in reporting findings||Communication and social skills|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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