Thermofluids 3

Subject MCEN30005 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

The prerequisites for this subject are -


Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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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.
Assessment: Assessment includes -

  • 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: N/A
Recommended Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills: On completion of the subject students should have the following 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

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Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science
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