Advanced Thermodynamics

Subject MCEN90019 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, up to 24 hours of tutorials and laboratories.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

MCEN40010 Thermofluids 4 (previously 436432)

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


Assoc Prof Michael 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


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.


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:


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 Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering(Mechanical & Manufacturing) and Bachelor of Laws
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Mechanical)

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