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MECH9260: Thermal Engineering 2 (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: MECH9260: Thermal Engineering 2 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Kirkpatrick, Michael
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: AMME9200 OR AMME9262 OR AMME5200.
Prohibitions: MECH8260.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to develop an understanding of:

* The principles of thermodynamics - energy, entropy and exergy balances - applied to pure substances, mixtures and combustion and the application of these principles to engineering processes, power and refrigeration systems.

* The principles of heat transfer - conductive, convective, radiative heat transfer - in the context of a variety of physical situations and the application of these principles in order to design and size engineering equipment and analyse engineering processes.

Course content includes:

* Thermodynamics - properties of matter, energy, entropy and exergy balances for closed and steady state flow systems, mixtures, mixing and separation, psychrometry and air-conditioning and combustion - stoichiometry, first and second law analysis of reacting systems.

* Heat Transfer - conduction, thermal circuits, general conduction equation, conduction through cylindrical bodies and fins, heat exchangers, transient conduction including analytic solutions, forced convection and natural convection, boiling and radiation - spectrum, intensity, surface radiative properties, environmental radiation, solar radiation.

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

* Thermodynamics - apply the principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer to engineering situations; have the ability to tackle and solve a range of problems involving thermodynamic cycles, devices such as compressors and turbines, mixtures, air conditioning, combustion.

* Heat Transfer - have the ability to tackle and solve a range of heat transfer problems including heat exchangers, cooling by fluids, quenching, insulation and solar radiation.
Assumed Knowledge: Fundamentals of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics are needed to begin this more advanced course
Lecturer/s: Dr Kirkpatrick, Michael
Timetable: MECH9260 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Independent Study 6.00
2 Lecture 2.00 2 13
3 Tutorial 2.00 2 12
4 Laboratory 3.00 1 2
T&L Activities: Lecture: Material will be presented with an emphasis on explaining concepts and presenting worked solutions of sample problems. Lecture notes will be available on the web. Lecture notes include references to relevant sections of the textbooks.

Tutorial: Tutors will work through separate tutorial problems (not out of the homework) with the class. They will use these problems as a vehicle to reinforce the theory and problem solving techniques required for this course. Tutors will also answer questions relating to the homework assignments.

Laboratory: There are two engine experiments: gas turbine and spark ignition. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the thermodynamic cycles and characteristics of these engines before the laboratory. During the laboratory there will be discussion of the engines, their details, their performance and what the objectives of the tests are. There is no report. Instead students will analyse and discuss the results with the assistance of the demonstrator during the laboratory session.

Independent Study: Homework assignments. Understanding of these assignments will be assessed through the quizzes.

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. To understand heat transfer equipment design and to determine the appropriate approach to problems, the type of solution needed, analytical or numerical.
2. Ability to tackle and solve a range of heat transfer problems including finned heat exchangers, cooling by fluids, quenching, insulation and solar radiation.
3. To be able to apply the principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer to real engineering situations. Ability to tackle and solve a range of complex thermodynamics cycles, air conditioning, combustion, problems involving gas mixtures.
4. To be able to arrive at a solution and predict heat transfer rates and be able to design and size heat transfer equipment.
5. To develop an understanding of the principles of thermodynamic cycles, gas mixtures, combustion and thermochemistry applied to engineering processes, power and refrigeration systems.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Thermodynamics Quiz 1 No 10.00 Week 3 3, 5,
2 Thermodynamics Quiz 2 No 10.00 Week 6 3, 5,
3 Heat Transfer Quiz 1 No 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 4,
4 Heat Transfer Quiz 2 No 10.00 Week 11 1, 2, 4,
5 Spark Ignition Engine Lab Yes 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6 Gas Turbine Engine Lab Yes 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
7 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: * Indicates an assessment task that must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

Quiz: Four quizzes spread throughout the semester. Quizzes test understanding of the material covered in the lectures, homework assignments and tutorials.

Lab: Two laboratory sessions assessed on the basis of participation.

Final Exam: One two hour exam.

Reweighting of assessments: Quizzes missed due to circumstances for which special consideration is granted will lead to reweighting of remaining quizzes and exam only (not labs).

Lateness penalties: Not applicable. All assessments are completed during timetabled classes.

Moderation: There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.
Assessment Feedback: Quiz solutions (answers and method) be posted on the unit of study webpage immediately after the quiz.

Quizzes will be returned with feedback indicating why marks have been deducted.

A description of common errors, explaining why they are wrong and how to avoid them, will be posted by the tutor marking the quiz on the online discussion forum after the return of each assessment.
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.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS Students must attend the laboratory component and achieve a satisfactory result in order to pass this unit of study.
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.
Online Course Content: Blackboard

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

Week Description
Week 1 T1 Review: Properties, Energy, Entropy
T1 Review: Properties, Energy, Entropy
Week 2 T3 Mixtures
T2 Exergy
Week 3 T1 - T3 Worked Example
T1 - T3 Worked Example
Assessment Due: Thermodynamics Quiz 1
Week 4 T4 Air Conditioning and Psychrometry
T4 Air Conditioning and Psychrometry
Week 5 T5 Combustion
T5 Combustion
Week 6 T6 Power Cycles
T6 Power Cycles
Assessment Due: Thermodynamics Quiz 2
Week 7 H1 Steady State Conduction
H1 Steady State Conduction
Week 8 H2 Worked Example
H2 Transient Conduction
Week 9 H3 Heat Exchangers
H3 Worked Example
Assessment Due: Heat Transfer Quiz 1
Week 10 H4 Forced Convection
H4 Forced Convection
Week 11 H5 Natural Convection
H4/H5 Worked Example
Assessment Due: Heat Transfer Quiz 2
Week 12 H6 Radiation
H6 Radiation
Week 13 Summary
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 (Mechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) 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.