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Unit Overview

Description
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.
Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mechanical Engineering major sequence
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratory reports; and (3) 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
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] or the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce or the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science or the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Advisable prior study:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Incompatibility:
ENSC3024 Engineering Thermodynamics
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; laboratories: 10 (5x2) hours per semester
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