Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Subject MCEN30018 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hrs of lectures, 15 hours of tutorials and laboratories
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Study Period Commencement:
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Not offered in 2013

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OR both of the following subjects -

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MAST20009 or MAST20030 may be taken concurrently.


Recommended Background Knowledge:

PHYC10003 Physics 1 and PHYC10004 Physics 2

Non Allowed Subjects:

Credit will not be given for this subject and ENGR30001 Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, or MCEN30015 Thermofluids.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Nicholas Hutchins


Subject Overview:

Topics include fluid statics, static forces on submerged structures, stability of floating bodies; fluid dynamics; streamlines; pathlines and streaklines; conservation of mass, momentum and energy; Euler's equation and Bernoulli's equation; control volume analysis; heat and work, ideal non-flow and flow processes; laws of thermodynamics; Carnot's principle; Clausius inequality; direct and reversed heat engines; thermal efficiencies; properties of pure substances; change of phase; representation of properties; steam and air tables; and vapour equation of state, ideal gases; dimensional analysis; incompressible flow in pipes and ducts; boundary layers; flow around immersed bodies; and drag and lift.


At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to -
• Determine the thermodynamic and physical properties of numerous substances;
• Determine the hydrostatic pressure in fluids;
• Analyse simple, incompressible and inviscid fluid flows;
• Apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics to several engineering devices.

  • Laboratory reports and assignments during semester, not exceeding 1500 words (equal weight) (40%)
  • One 50 minute written test in week 6 or 7 (10%)
  • One 3 hour examination at the end of semester (50%)
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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills -
• Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
• Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
• Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)
Mechanical Systems
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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