Subject MCEN30015 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

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 hours of lectures, 15 hours of tutorials and laboratories
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

Postgraduate -

  • Admission into an engineering coursework Masters degree

Undergraduate -

Corequisites: If 620293 Engineering Mathematics has not been completed, 620-326 Differential Equations for Engineers will need to be taken as a corequisite
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Semester 1
Non Allowed Subjects: 436-201 Thermofluids 1, 400-306 Fluid Mechanics
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: 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.

Objectives: 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.


Assessment includes:

  • Two laboratory assignment reports not exceeding 1500 words each, due during the semester (equal weight, 40% total),
  • One 50 minute written test in week 6-7 (10%),
  • One 3 hour end of semester written examination (50%).
Prescribed Texts: TBA
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 Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering
Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Mechanical Systems

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