MECH ENG 3102 - Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 3102 Course Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics Coordinating Unit Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MECH ENG 2021 Assumed Knowledge 6 units of Level II Applied Maths courses & MECH ENG 2021 Restrictions Available to BE(Mechanical), BE(Mechanical & Aerospace), BE(Mechanical & Automotive), BE(Computational), BE(Mechatronic), BE(Mechanical & Sports), BE (Mechanical & Sustainable Energy) and associated double and combined degree students only Course Description This course is an introduction to Heat transfer and the further study of Thermodynamics. The Heat transfer part of the course covers the mechanisms and basic calculations of 3 heat transfer modes: conduction, convection and radiation, and Heat exchanger design and performance estimation calculations. The Thermodynamics part of the course mainly introduce the applications of thermodynamic principles in variouse cycles, including Vapour power cycles; Gas power cycles and refrigeration cycles; This part also covers some advanced topics in thermodynamics, eg. Exergy analysis, non-reacting mixtures and psychrometry, and reacting processes and combustion. At the end of the course students are expected to have the knowledge to be able to assist design, assess and compare different heat transfer and thermodynamic systems, factoring in economic impacts.
Course Coordinator: Dr Eric Hu
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Discuss the fundamental laws and principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer; 2 Apply these principles to real thermo-fluids systems; 3 Identify current practice in the area of thermo-fluids; and 4 Recognise environmental issues associated with energy conservation, efficiency, pollution control, etc.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 C C A B B A C C C — B B B B B A
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Course notes – these are essential and required for both Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics.
- Bergman, Lavine, Incropera and Dewitt., Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 7th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
- Moran and Shapiro, Fundamentals of Engineering Dynamics, 6th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2008
The Barr Smith Library has many textbooks, which are concerned with Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics. Students are encouraged to consult these books to enrich their knowledge in both topics.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The required time commitment is 32 hours attendance at lectures, 16 hours tutorials, 6 hours practicals, 48 hours of revising course material and 50 hours completing assignments, reports and preparing for exam.
Learning Activities Summary
Lecture 1: Introduction to Heat Transfer Lecture 2: Conduction – An Introduction Lecture 3: Conduction – Steady-State 1-D Lecture 4: Conduction – Steady-State, Multidimensional Lecture 5: Conduction – Transient/Unsteady Conduction Lecture 6: Conduction – Numerical Methods Lecture 7: Convection – An Introduction Lecture 8: Convection – External Convection Lecture 9: Convection – Internal Convection Lecture 10: Convection - Free Convection Lecture 11: Radiation – An Introduction Lecture 12: Radiation – Exchange between Surfaces Lecture 13: Heat Exchangers – An Introduction Lecture 14: Heat Exchangers – Design and Selection Lecture 15: Mass Transfer – Introduction Lecture 16: Mass Transfer - Discontinuous Interfaces
Lecture 1-2: Thermodynamics I Revision and Overview Lecture 3-6: Vapour Power Systems Lecture 7-9: Gas Power Systems Lecture 10-12: Refrigeration & Heat Pumps Lecture 13-14: Ideal gas Mixtures & Psychrometrics Lecture 15-16: Reacting Mixtures and Combustion
Specific Course Requirements
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Assignment 1-6 20 Individual Summative 4,5,7,9,10,12,13 1. 2. 3. 4. BBQ Practical and Engine Performance 5 Group Summative Week 2-12 Min 35% 1. 2. 3. 4. Quizes (10 Total) 5 Group Summative Fortnightly 1. 2. 3. 4. Final Exam 70 Individual Summative Exam period 1. 2. 3. 4. Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
All assessment tasks are summative. There are 6 assignments, which contribute 20% of the assessment, two practicals worth a total of 10% and an open book exam worth 70%. All assignments are due by 5pm on the due date. Details of each task are tabulated below.
Assessment task Description Due date Assignment 1-6 TD lectures See MyUni BBQ Practical and Engine Performance Practical See schedule on practicals book Quizes (10 Total) Practical See schedule on practical book Final Exam Exam on all parts of the course Exam period
Four individual assignments on Heat Transfer, Four individual assignments on Thermodynamics and Three group assignments on Thermodynamics.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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