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Unit Overview


Students completing this unit demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, and the ability to analyse a range of industrial systems. Students also understand the social and environmental consequences associated with such technologies. Typically the systems studied include compressors (rotating and reciprocating), refrigeration systems, steam power systems, internal combustion engines and gas turbines, and air-conditioning systems.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) write concise technical reports; (2) work effectively in teams; (3) interpret a qualitiative description of a system in order to create a suitable model for analysis; (4) locate and evaluate information and data relevant to the unit technical content; (5) analyse refrigeration systems, vapour power systems, internal combustion engines, air-conditioning and evaporative cooling systems; and (6) proficiently use steam tables, refrigerant tables and psychrometric charts.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratory classes; 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
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
Mechanical Engineering specialisation
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and MECH3024 Engineering Thermodynamics
Advisable prior study
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus (ID 6012) MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013) PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers (ID 1412) MECH3024 Engineering Thermodynamics (ID 8072)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
practical classes: 1 hour per week
labs: 6 hours in total

Haywood, R. W. Thermodynamic Tables in SI Units: CUP 1990

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