Energy in Engineering Systems

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Energy in Engineering Systems

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Engineers work with numerous kinds of systems where consideration must be given to the energy within the system. This unit introduces the student to the concepts of energy in the context of real engineering systems. The inter-relationships of between forces, motion and energy (in systems composed of liquids, solids or gases) is described as related to the flow of energy within these engineering systems. After an introduction to engineering units, concepts and data, Newton's first and second laws are used in the description of system motion and the concepts of force and energy, conservation of momentum and conservation of energy are introduced and described. Thermodynamic processes, certain thermo-physical parameters and the first and second law of thermodynamics are introduced and used to describe simple engineering systems. This is then expanded to include the generation and transport of energy through these systems.
    Learning Outcomes
    On success completion of this unit you will be able to:
    • Recognise and apply the basic relationships amongst force, motion and energy.
    • Solve problems (analytically & practically) involving force, motion and energy at an introductory level both individually and in teams and self-manage the process.
    • Retrieve, evaluate, present and use relevant information to describe the behaviour of simple engineering systems.
    • Units and dimensions, simple engineering systems, force & motion, frames of reference
    • Motion in 1-D and 2-D
    • Newton's first and second laws
    • Conservation of momentum
    • Energy and Power
    • Characterisation of energy movement (Heat)
    • Introduction to simple thermodynamic processes and motion producing systems (the use of energy in engineering systems)
    • First law of thermodynamics and conservation of energy in engineering systems
    • Basic energy transfer mechanisms in engineering systems
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    This unit will use a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments with real world examples to realise the learning outcomes of the unit and to actively engage you in your learning. The fundamental theories and principles will be introduced through engaging lectures. Problem solving tasks of varying levels of complexity will be structured to provide opportunities for you to apply the draw out the concepts covered in the lectures. Laboratory exercises will enhance the learning experiences in this unit.
    Tutorials: You will attend a 2-hour tutorial every week which will be comprised of two aspects. The first aspect is the application of the theoretical principles introduced in the lectures to solve a range of numerical problems. Tutors will guide the students in formulating appropriate solution methodologies and solve problems. The second aspect will be a brief session involving a discussion of a typical application example that relates to a succeeding lecture topic which the class will have to analyse and develop possible interpretations. This will prepare the class on what to expect in the next lecture class and assist with the consolidation of information to long term memory.
    Laboratory Experiments: The class will be divided in small teams which will perform a set of laboratory experiments relevant to their real world context. The focus of the laboratory experiments will be the transfer of energy between different types of systems to illustrate the inter-relationships energy has as it flows between systems. These laboratories will occur later in the semester over a period of 4 weeks.

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