Thermal Engineering 2 (MECH3260)


This unit aims to develop an understanding of: the principles of thermodynamic cycles, gas mixtures, combustion and thermochemistry applied to engineering processes, power and refrigeration systems; heat transfer equipment design. To classify heat transfer situations as conduction, convection, radiation, forced or natural convection. To determine the appropriate approach to problems, the type of solution needed, analytical or numerical. To be able to arrive at a solution and predict heat transfer rates and be able to design and size heat transfer equipment.
At the end of this unit students will be able to: apply the principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer to engineering situations; have the ability to tackle and solve a range of complex thermodynamics cycles, air conditioning, combustion, chemical equilibrium, problems involving gas mixtures; have the ability to tackle and solve a range of heat transfer problems including finned heat exchangers, cooling by fluids, quenching, insulation and solar radiation.
Course content will include: Thermodynamics: exergy and entropy, power cycles: spark ignition, Diesel, gas turbine; gas mixtures, humidity, psychrometry, air-conditioning, combustion: stoichiometry, gas analysis, combustion, thermochemistry, adiabatic flame temperature, 2nd Law analysis of reacting systems, equilibrium, exergy, Heat Transfer: conduction, thermal circuits, general conduction equation, cylindrical fins, heat exchangers, numerical solutions, unsteady conduction, convection, analytical, forced convection correlations, natural convection, boiling, radiation spectrum, blackbody, radiation properties and laws, environmental radiation, solar.

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Lecture 3 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs/week; Laboratory 3 hrs/week.


Through semester assessment (40%) and Final Exam (60%)


Incropera, DeWitt, Bergman & Lavine/Fundamentals of Heat & Mass Transfer/6th or later// Cengel & Boles/Thermodynamics - An Engineering Approach/5th or later//

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Unit of study rules


AMME2200 OR AMME2262.

Assumed knowledge

Fundamentals of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics are needed to begin this more advanced course

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.