Advanced Thermodynamics

Subject MCEN90019 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, up to 24 hours of tutorials and laboratories.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Prerequisite as follows -
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: As below -
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. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit


Micheal Brear

Subject Overview: There are 4 main topics of study in this subject. Starting from a thorough analysis of the fundamentals of combusting fluid flows, this subject progressively leads to the application of these fundamentals to the analysis of advanced combustion engine and rocket systems.

  • Combustion and chemical thermodynamics: Flame temperatures, Gibbs free energy and equilibrium, dissociation, chemical kinetics, pollution formation, fuel cells
  • Gas dynamics: Steady and unsteady gas dynamics, detonation and deflagration, isentropic and non-isentropic wave propagation.
  • Reciprocating engines: spark ignition and Diesel engines, turbo and supercharging, alternative fuelled engines and hybrid vehicles
  • Rockets and gas turbines: Breguet range equation, chemical rockets, ramjets, scramjets, turbojets and turbofan engines.
Objectives: At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to:

• analyse the motion of combusting and non-combusting fluids whilst accounting for variable specific heats, non-ideal gas properties, chemical non-equilibrium and compressibility.
• apply the fundamental principles of thermodynamics to non-ideal models of numerous engineering devices
• Use a systems approach to simplify a complex problem.

Assessment: Two assignments or laboratory reports of equal weight and not exceeding 2500 words each due during semester (50% total), one 3 hour end of semester written examination 50%.
Prescribed Texts: TBA
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 science and engineering fundamentals
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
• Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
• Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
• Capacity for creativity and innovation

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Mechanical)

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