MECH4429 Applied Engineering Thermodynamics

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 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 Coordinator(s)
Dr Angus Tavner
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: ENSC2002 Energy or ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics or MECH2403 Thermofluids 2 or CHPR2433 Fluid Mechanics or equivalent
Advisable prior study:
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1, MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2, PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers and ENSC2002 Energy
MECH3401 Thermofluids 3
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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