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Unit description

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Rolle, KC, 2016, Heat and Mass Transfer , 8th edn, Cengage Learning, USA. ISBN: 9781305112582.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Laboratory session 1 hour (3 weeks)
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (9 weeks)
Exam: closed book40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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