ENSC3024 Engineering Thermodynamics

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mechanical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
This unit presents a macroscopic treatment of thermodynamics from an engineering perspective, beginning with definitions of properties, forms of energy and systems. The behaviour of ideal gases is discussed, along with the use of the compressibility factor. The 1st law of thermodynamics is applied to both open and closed systems, leading to the steady flow energy equation and the definition of enthalpy. The behaviour of liquid-vapour systems and use of property tables and charts are discussed. The 2nd law of thermodynamics, the property entropy, and the Carnot cycle are introduced. The 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics are then applied to typical thermodynamic systems, for example internal combustion engines, using models such as the Otto cycle, Diesel cycle, and Brayton cycle. Issues surrounding the use of such thermodynamic systems, for example fuel sources, thermal efficiency, pollution and emissions form part of this system analysis.
Students are able to (1) interpret questions, problems and instructions written in the terminology of engineering thermodynamics; (2) define systems, types of energy, states of substances and properties; (3) apply the ideal gas equations, recognising their limitations; (4) retrieve appropriate data from thermodynamic property tables and charts; (5) analyse simple systems, steady-state processes and cycles using the 1st and 2nd Laws of thermodynamics; and (6) explain the social and environmental impact of typical thermodynamic systems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratory reports; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit rules
completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Advisable prior study:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
ENSC2002 Energy
Contact hours
24 Lectures, 12 Problem classes, 10 hours of labs (5x2)
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