Foundations of Thermal Engineering (MECH5262)

UNIT OF STUDY

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. Students will have the ability to solve realistic complex engineering problems using computational methods. 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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Classes

3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials per week

Assessment

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

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

AMME5200, Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Fundamentals of thermodynamics are needed to begin this more advanced course.

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Fundamentals of thermodynamics are needed to begin this more advanced course.

Prohibitions

MECH3260

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