MECH ENG 7070 - Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

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.

  • 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 Laboratory class, assignments, final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Eric Hu

    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)

    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.

  • 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
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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
    The course assessment is split 50/50 between Heat Transfer and Thermo.
    Heat Transfer:
    Assessment Task
    Thermodynamics 2 Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Assignments (4) Long Assignments (3) 30 Individual Summative 4,5,7,9,10,12,13 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Lab Assessment (BBQ Experiment) Lab Assessment (Engine Performance) 10 Group/Individual Summative Week 2-12 Min 35% 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Online Quizes (5 Online quizzes (4) 10 Individual Summative fortnightly 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Final Exam Final Exam 50 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.
    All assignments will be through online submission (uploading a pdf). A proposed assignment and quiz schedule is included under Course Information. This schedule is subject to change.
    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.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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