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Unit Overview

This unit is taught within the integrative framework of energy and covers thermodynamics and electrical power. It provides a thorough treatment of the thermodynamic properties of pure substances, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, with applications into power plants and chillers. It also covers the fundamentals of electric circuits and the corresponding techniques of analysis, phasors and impedance, sinusoidal steady state analysis, AC power, magnetism, and the principles of electromechanical energy conversion
6 points
Not available in 2022UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective
Students are able to (1) apply the ideal gas equation and explain its limitations; (2) define various thermodynamic properties and determine values using thermodynamic property tables; (3) explain what interconversion of energy means, and calculate the extraction of heat and work from closed and open systems and their corresponding efficiencies; (4) solve simple problems involving thermodynamic cycles for power and refrigeration; (5) analyse electrical circuits for voltage/current and power generation/absorption behaviour; (6) analyse simple circuits involving capacitors and inductors using phasors and impedance models; (7) explain and apply the basic principles of AC, single phase, and three-phase power; (8) explain the basic principles of electromagnetism and apply these to generators, motors and transformers; (9) communicate working clearly and concisely in oral, written and visual forms; and (10) work effectively in a team and take responsibility for team outcomes.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class quizzes and tests; (2) take-home assignments; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Angus Tavner
Unit rules
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (for students who have completed MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus); none (for students who have completed MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1)
ELEC1302 Power and Machine Technologies
Contact hours
lectures: 26 hours; information sessions: 2 hours per week; workshops: 2 x 2 hours and 2 x 1 hour

Alexander, C. K. and Sadiku, M. N. O. Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, 4th edn: McGraw-Hill 2009

Boyle, G., ed. Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future: The Open University, Oxford 1996

Çengel, Y. A. and Boles, M. A. Thermodynamics: an Engineering Approach, 6th edn: McGraw-Hill 2008

Chapman, S. J. Electric Machinery and Power System Fundamentals: McGraw-Hill 2002

Koretsky, M. D. Engineering and Chemical Thermodynamics: John Wiley & Sons 200

Masters, G. M. Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems: Wiley-Interscience 2004

Rizzoni, G. Principles and Applications of Electrical Engineering, 5th edn: McGraw-Hill 2007


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