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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.

Details

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code MECH8260
Unit name Thermal Engineering 2
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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MECH9260
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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Fundamentals of thermodynamics are needed to begin this more advanced course.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Michael Philip Kirkpatrick, michael.kirkpatrick@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Michael Philip Kirkpatrick , michael.kirkpatrick@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final exam
Open book exam
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Spark ignition engine laboratory
Participate in lab class and submit written responses to questions.
5% Multiple weeks 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4
Assignment group assignment Gas turbine engine laboratory
Participate in lab class and submit written responses to questions.
5% Multiple weeks 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4
Tutorial quiz Thermodynamics quiz 1
Paper quiz
10% Week 03 TBA: ~35 - 45 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Tutorial quiz Thermodynamics quiz 2
Paper quiz
10% Week 06 TBA: ~35 - 45 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Tutorial quiz Heat transfer quiz 1
Paper quiz
10% Week 09 TBA: ~35 - 45 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Tutorial quiz Heat transfer quiz 2
Paper quiz
10% Week 11 TBA: ~35 - 45 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

 

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 T1 Review: Properties, energy, entropy Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 T2 Exergy / T3 Mixtures Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 T1 - T3 Worked example Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 04 T4 Air conditioning and Psychrometry Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 05 T5 Combustion Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 06 T6 Power cycles Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 07 H1 Steady state conduction Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 H2 Transient conduction / H2 Worked example Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 H3 heat exchangers / H3 worked example Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 H4 Forced convection Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 H5 Natural convection / H4 - 5 Worked example Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 H6 Radiation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Lectures: Material will be presented with an emphasis on explaining concepts and presenting worked solutions of sample problems.

Tutorials: Tutors will work through separate tutorial problems with the class. They will use these problems as a vehicle to reinforce the theory and problem solving techniques required for this course.

Laboratories: There are two engine experiments: gas turbine and spark ignition. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the thermodynamic cycles and characteristics of these engines before the laboratory. During the laboratory there will be discussion of the engines, their details, their performance and what the objectives of the tests are. Students will analyse and discuss the results with the assistance of the demonstrator during the laboratory session.

Independent Study: Homework assignments. Understanding of these assignments will be assessed through the quizzes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Prescribed readings

Bergman, Lavine, Incropera & De Witt, Fundamentals of Heat & Mass Transfer (6th or later). John Wiley & Sons.

Cengel & Boles, Thermodynamics - An Engineering Approach (5th or later). McGraw Hill.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
Some new tutorial problems added.

Work, health and safety

See documentation on Canvas site for WHS requirements of laboratory sessions.

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