Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Course Description
    This course enables development of a deeper level of understanding of the laws that govern the conversion of energy from one form to another. Knowledge of thermodynamics is essential for the engineer to recognize the possibilities and limitations for improvement of energy efficiency in the design of engineering systems. Topics covered include: properties of pure substances, first and second laws of thermodynamics, closed systems, control volumes, entropy, second law analysis of engineering systems, power and refrigeration cycles and internal combustion engines. Assessment is by assignments consisting of problems in engineering thermodynamics, laboratory work, and a final examination.

    Course Introduction
    Knowledge of thermodynamics enables engineers to develop machines used for conversion of energy from one form to another. This course provides essential tools for the engineer to analyse systems from a thermal point of view and to recognize the possibilities and limitations for improvement of energy efficiency in the design of engineering systems. The course content is arranged in order to emphasize aspects of thermodynamics that are most important for mechanical engineering.

    Course Aims
    This course aims to develop the ability to work from first principles in tackling technically challenging engineering problems related to thermal analysis. It also aims to provide tools for the engineer to identify the possibilities for improvement of energy efficiency in engineering systems.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1.Correctly answer conceptual questions related to the basic principles of thermodynamics and the functions of components of heat engines and heat pumps/refrigerators.

    2.Explain the methods for thermodynamic analysis of engineering systems and components.

    3.Analyse, evaluate the performance, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of representative devices and power cycles for energy conversion.

    4.Apply analytical methods to representative engineering problems involving refrigeration, cooling and heating.

    5.Use practical instruments required for thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion devices, analyse and interpret the results of measurements and formulate reliable conclusions.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.