Thermofluids 3

Subject 436-352 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
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Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus only

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Unit 1: Twenty hours of lectures, four hours of tutorials and laboratory work. Unit 2: Sixteen hours of lectures, eight hours of tutorials and laboratory work
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

436-351 Thermofluids 2 and
431-101 Engineering Analysis A and 431-102 Engineering Analysis B; or 620-231 Vector Analysis and 620-232 Math Methods and 620331 Applied PDE's

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Michael John Brear
Subject Overview:

Unit 1, Aerodynamics: Topics covered include theories of thin airfoils; gas dynamics in subsonic and supersonic flow; shock expansion theory; and boundary layer and shock wave interactions.

Unit 2, Thermodynamics: Topics covered include cycles of simple and compound compressors; gas turbines, influence of reheat, intercooling and design parameters; refrigeration, vapour compression and absorption cycles and gas liquefaction; steam plant, with superheating, regeneration and feed water heating; and spark ignition and diesel engines and their fuels.


Unit 1, Aerodynamics: Upon completion, students should be familiar with further theory of airfoils and gas dynamics in subsonic and supersonic flow; be able to apply shock expansion theory to the solution of flow in a variety of situations including prediction of lift and drag of two-dimensional bodies in supersonic flow; be able to apply Ackeret or linear theory to thin airfoils; and be aware of viscous effects, boundary layer and shock wave interactions.

Unit 2, Thermodynamics: Upon completion, students should understand the principles of combustion in single and two phase fluids; comprehend the benefits and costs (including some environmental and management implications) of refinements in plant design and/or working fluid; and appreciate the complexity of real plant performance evaluation.


One 3-hour end of semester examination. Tutorial tests, assignments and laboratory reports not exceeding 30 pages due throughout the semester. The weighting of assessment components is: Unit 1 Aerodynamics: Examination 35%. Tutorial tests, assignments and laboratory reports 15%. Unit 2 Thermodynamics: Examination 35%. Tutorial tests, assignments and laboratory reports 15%.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

  • ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large

  • in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline

  • ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution

  • ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance

  • capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning

  • intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity

  • openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom

  • profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship

Notes: MCEN30005 Thermofluids 3 was formerly 436-352 Thermofluids 3
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement)Mechanical&Manufacturing
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Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical &Manufacturing)& Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical &Manufacturing)/Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Engineering(Mechanical & Manufacturing) and Bachelor of Laws

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