MECH ENG 7070 - Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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Heat transfer modes: conduction, convection and radiation. Heat exchanger design and optimization, numerical methods, and mass transfer. Exergy analysis; Vapour power cycles; Gas power cycles; refrigeration cycles; non-reacting mixtures and psychrometry; reacting processes and combustion including dissociation

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7070
    Course Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Lab Class 10%, Assignments 20%, Final Exam 70%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Bassam Dally

    Mr Eyad Hassan Lecturer Engineering South Building S324g
    A/Prof Eric Hu Lecturer Engineering South Building S105
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 have a strong understanding of the fundamental laws and principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer;
    2 be able to apply these principles to real thermo-fluids systems;
    3 be familiar with current practice in the area of thermo-fluids;
    4 appreciate environmental issues associated with energy conservation, efficiency, pollution control, etc.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    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
    Recommended Resources
    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

    Heat Transfer

    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
  • Assessment

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    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    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 Weighting % Description Due date Learning objectives
    (See 2.1 above)
    Assignment 1 2.5 HT lectures 1-4 See MyUni 1-4
    Assignment 2 2.5 HT lectures 5-8 See MyUni 1-4
    Assignment 3 2.5 HT lectures 9-12 See MyUni 1-4
    Assignment 4 2.5 HT lectures 10-16 See MyUni 1-4
    Assignment 5 5 TD lectures 2-6 See MyUni 1-4
    Assignment 6 5 TD lectures 7-9 See MyUni 1-4
    BBQ Practical 5 Practical See schedule on practicals book 1-4
    Engine Performance 5 Practical See schedule on practical book 1-4
    Final Exam 70 Exam on all parts of the course Exam period 1-4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    Four individual assignments on Heat Transfer, Four individual assignments on Thermodynamics and Three group assignments on Thermodynamics.
    Students will be contacted directly with clear instructions and all information will be posted on MyUni
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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