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Unit description

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 thermodynamics systems applied to engineering.

Unit content

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. Vapour, Combined Power and Refrigeration Cycles
 
7. Gas Mixtures, Gas-Vapour Mixtures and Air-Conditioning
 
8. Compressible Flow

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:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Understand basic concepts, including the definition, units and physical basis of thermodynamic functions such as internal energy, entropy, enthalpy and specific heatIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2Use thermodynamic tables, phase diagrams and equations of state to obtain thermodynamic property dataIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3Define the thermodynamic system of interest in a given mechanical engineering problem, and the relevant thermodynamic properties that describe the systemIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4Understand the first and second laws of thermodynamics for closed and open systemsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5Understand the application of thermodynamics in mechanical systems, including power cycles, refrigeration cycles, air conditioning and compressible flowIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
6Develop skills in effectively using engineering simulation, in a team environment, for modelling of thermodynamic systems, and in reporting findings.Intellectual rigourCommunication and social skills

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

  1. Understand basic concepts, including the definition, units and physical basis of thermodynamic functions such as internal energy, entropy, enthalpy and specific heat
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Use thermodynamic tables, phase diagrams and equations of state to obtain thermodynamic property data
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: 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
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Understand the first and second laws of thermodynamics for closed and open systems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. Understand the application of thermodynamics in mechanical systems, including power cycles, refrigeration cycles, air conditioning and compressible flow
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. Develop skills in effectively using engineering simulation, in a team environment, for modelling of thermodynamic systems, and in reporting findings.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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