Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (ENGG1050 or ENGG1500) + MECH2410

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    2nd law, entropy & availability. Power & refrigeration cycles. Mixtures, psychrometry, chemical reactions & combustion. Conduction, convection, radiation, multi-mode heat transfer applications.


    Course Introduction
    The thermodynamics part of this course builds on students' knowledge of the fundamentals of thermodynamics including the second law, entropy, exergy, refrigeration/power cycles, and chemical reactions gained in ENGG1500.

    Building on MECH2410 and ENGG1500, heat transfer covers modes of heat transfer and applies the new knowledge to heat exchanger design and evaluation.  

    Three invited lectures are arranged by experienced industry lecturers. This will further help the student construct their knowledge gained in the course and apply it to practical applications.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Identify and explain the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer
    1.1 Analyse engineering problems and link them to these fundamental principles
    1.2 Understand different modes of heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation)
    1.3 Assess and analyse different thermodynamic cycles (heat engines and refrigerators)
    1.4 Calculate the temperature distribution in a heat exchanger and for different processes
    1.5 Understand the difference between transient and steady problems and select the proper tool to investigate the problem

    2  Apply thermodynamics and heat transfer problem-solving strategies to determine solutions
    2.1 Select and apply appropriate techniques and tools introduced in the course to solve practical thermohydraulics problems
    2.2 Apply simplified mathematical models to complex thermodynamic processes
    2.3 Select the approach best suited to investigate a heat transfer problem
    2.4 Interpret temperature and heat transfer measurements

    3  Effectively communicate engineering solutions in thermodynamics and heat transfer to teaching staff and peers
    3.1 Apply thermodynamics and heat transfer to the design of devices and processes for different applications
    3.2 Estimate heat transfer and energy conversion efficiency
    3.3 Document and report engineering thermohydraulics measurements, simulation and analysis

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