MECH ENG 7070 - Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

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
    Course Description 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
    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
    On 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 Explain 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 Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.1   3.2   3.3   

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • 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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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    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
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Assignments (6 total) 20 Individual Summative 4,5,7,9,10,12,13 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Practical Reports (2 total) 5 Group/Individual Summative Week 2-12 Min 35% 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Quizes (10 Total) 5 Individual Summative fortnightly 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Final Exam 70 Individual Summative End of semester 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    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.
    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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