Thermodynamics

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Thermodynamics

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    33230 Mathematical Modelling 2 AND (68037 Physical Modelling OR (68042 Physical Modelling A AND 68043 Physical Modelling B))

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Description
    The objectives of this subject are to develop a fundamental understanding of applied thermodynamics from an engineering perspective, lay the groundwork for subsequent studies in the fields related to energy systems, and increase an awareness and emphasis on energy resources and environmental issues. Topics include thermodynamic properties of pure substances, work and heat, the first law of thermodynamics, applications to closed systems, applications to open systems, the second law of thermodynamics, irreversibility, entropy, Rankine cycle and steam engines, refrigeration cycle, Brayton cycle and gas turbine engines, Otto cycle and spark ignition engines, and diesel cycle and compression ignition engines.
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    1. determine the thermodynamic properties of pure substances.
    2. apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics in an engineering perspective.
    3. recognize the differences between the ideal and real processes and power cycles, understand how to apply the first and the second laws to analyse them, and determine the thermal efficiency.
    4. formulate the basic models necessary to study, analyze, and design thermal systems and understand the basic methods to increase the thermal efficiency.
    This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.) [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.5 ] (A.5)
    Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.1)
    Apply decision making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.2, 2.1] (B.4)
    Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2] (C.1)
    Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.2,2.3, 2.4] (C.2)
    Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.1,2.2] (C.3)
    Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals [EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.5, 3.6] (D.1)
    Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose [EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.2] (E.1)
    Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting [EA Stage 1 Competency:2.4, 3.2, 3.6] (E.2)
    Teaching and learning strategies
    This subject includes 2x1.5 hours lecture time per week. The three hours will be spent on lecturing and tutoring, depending on the content covered each week and aiming to maximize the effectiveness of students? learning. In general the percentage of class time on lecturing will be 40 % and tutoring 50%. Two one-hour consultations will be arranged weekly to assist students? self-study outside class time. Quizzes and laboratory will be arranged during the semester to consolidate students? learning.
    As a student in this subject you are expected to help keep a good order in the lecture room. You are also expected to competently organise your time and to participate actively in team work.
    Content
    Thermodynamic properties of pure substances;
    The first law of thermodynamics and its applications;
    The second law of thermodynamics and its applications; and
    Thermodynamic power cycles for engines and refrigerators.
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Laboratory report 1 - Air Compressors
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    and 1
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.5, B.1, E.1 and E.2
    Type: Laboratory/practical
    Groupwork: Group, group assessed
    Weight: 10%
    Length:
    No more than 10 pages including Appendices.
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Calculations & analysis 50 1 B.1
    Discussion of results 30 1 A.5
    Technical report writing skills 10 E.1
    Team work 10 E.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Laboratory report 2 - Steam turbine engine
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    , 1, 2, 3 and 4
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.5, B.1, B.4, C.1, C.2, C.3, E.1 and E.2
    Type: Laboratory/practical
    Groupwork: Group, group assessed
    Weight: 10%
    Length:
    No more thean 6 pages.
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Calculations & analysis 50 1 A.5
    Discussion of results 30 2, 3, 4 B.1, B.4, C.1, C.2, C.3
    Technical report writing skills 10 E.1
    Team work 10 E.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Quiz 1 (Contents covered in Weeks 1 & 2)
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    , 1 and 2
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.5, B.1, C.1 and D.1
    Type: Quiz/test
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 10%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Understanding of the theories and applications 40 1 C.1
    Calculations & analysis 40 1, 2 A.5, B.1
    Validation of solutions 20 2 A.5, D.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 4: Quiz 2 (The first law of thermodynamics)
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    , 1, 2 and 3
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.5, C.1 and D.1
    Type: Quiz/test
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 10%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Understanding of the theories and applications 40 1 C.1
    Calculations & analysis 40 2, 3 A.5, D.1
    Validation of solutions 20 2 A.5, D.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 5: Quiz 3 (The second law of thermodynamics, entropy)
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    , 1, 2 and 3
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.5, B.1, C.1 and D.1
    Type: Quiz/test
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 10%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Understanding of the theories and applications 40 1 C.1
    Calculations & analysis 40 2, 3 A.5, B.1
    Validation of solutions 20 2 A.5, D.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 6: Final examination (whole course)
    Type: Examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 50%
    Minimum requirements
    In order to pass the subject, you must earn an overall total of 50 marks or more for the subject, and receive 40% or more of the mark for the final examination. If you have obtained an overall total mark of greater than or equal to 50%, but a mark less than 40% in the final examination, you will get a Fail (X).

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