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Unit of study_

MECH8260: Thermal Engineering 2

This unit aims to develop an understanding of: 1) The principles of thermodynamics- energy, entropy and exergy balances- applied to pure substances, mixtures and combustion and the application of these principles to engineering processes, power and refrigeration systems. 2) The principles of heat transfer- conductive, convective, radiative heat transfer- in the context of a variety of physical situations and the application of these principles in order to design and size engineering equipment and analyse engineering processes. Course content includes: 1) Thermodynamics- properties of matter, energy, entropy and exergy balances for closed and steady state flow systems, mixtures, mixing and separation, psychrometry and air-conditioning and combustion- stoichiometry, first and second law analysis of reacting systems. 2) Heat Transfer- conduction, thermal circuits, general conduction equation, conduction through cylindrical bodies and fins, heat exchangers, transient conduction including analytic solutions, forced convection and natural convection, boiling and radiation- spectrum, intensity, surface radiative properties, environmental radiation, solar radiation. At the end of this unit students will be able to: 1) Thermodynamics- apply the principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer to engineering situations; have the ability to tackle and solve a range of problems involving thermodynamic cycles, devices such as compressors and turbines, mixtures, air conditioning, combustion. 2) Heat Transfer- have the ability to tackle and solve a range of heat transfer problems including heat exchangers, cooling by fluids, quenching, insulation and solar radiation.

Code MECH8260
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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MECH9260
Assumed knowledge:
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Fundamentals of thermodynamics are needed to begin this more advanced course.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop an understanding of the principles of thermodynamic cycles, gas mixtures, combustion and thermochemistry applied to engineering processes, power and refrigeration systems.
  • LO2. apply the principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer to real engineering situations. Ability to tackle and solve a range of complex thermodynamics cycles, air conditioning, combustion and problems involving gas mixtures
  • LO3. solve a range of heat transfer problems including finned heat exchangers, cooling by fluids, quenching, insulation and solar radiation
  • LO4. understand heat transfer equipment design and determine the appropriate approach to problems and the type of solution needed, analytical or numerical
  • LO5. arrive at a solution and predict heat transfer rates and be able to design and size heat transfer equipment

Unit outlines

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