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AMME9262: Thermal Engineering 1 (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AMME9262: Thermal Engineering 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Dunn, Matthew
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: AMME5200.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to teach the basic laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer. At the end of this unit students will have: an understanding of the basic laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer; The ability to analyse the thermodynamics of a simple open or closed engineering system. The basic knowledge to analyse and design 1D thermal circuits. Course content will include concepts of heat and work, properties of substances, first law of thermodynamics, control mass and control volume analysis, thermal efficiency, entropy, second law of thermodynamics, reversible and irreversible processes, isentropic efficiency, power and refrigeration cycles, heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation, 1D thermal circuits and transient heat transfer.
Assumed Knowledge: Students are expected to be familiar with basic, first year, integral calculus, differential calculus and linear algebra.
Timetable: AMME9262 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Independent Study 6.00
2 Lecture 3.00 3 13
3 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
4 Laboratory 3.00 1 4
T&L Activities: Lectures:

Practical Work:

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. An ability to evaluate the relevant parameters for heat flow in internal engineering systems such as refrigeration and heating systems.
2. An understanding of some of the basic equations governing thermodynamics.
3. An ability to analyze the thermodynamics of a simple open or closed engineering system.
4. An ability to analyze and determine the heat fluxes governing a control volume.
5. Work in groups to complete laboratory experiments and analyse the results.
6. Ability to write a formal laboratory report.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
2 Quiz No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
3 Lab Report Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 5, 6,
4 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4,
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to Thermodynamics and heat transfer
Week 2 Properties of thermodynamics / Heat and Work, conduction
Week 3 First law of thermodynamics / Heat and Work, convection
Week 4 First law of thermodynamics, radiation
Week 5 First law of thermodynamics / Laboratory / Second law of thermodynamics, thermal circuits
Week 6 Second law of thermodynamics / Entropy / Energy, thermal circuits
Week 7 Entropy, thermal circuits
Week 8 Entropy, transient conduction
Week 9 Cycles
Week 10 Cycles / Dimensional Analysis.
Week 11 Cycles
Week 12 Cycles
Week 13 Cycles / Revision
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Sustainability and Environmental Engineering) 2021

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 0%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.