ENEX13006 - Thermofluids Theory and Applications

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the fundamentals of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. You will start with gas laws and laws of thermodynamics for open and closed systems. You will further work on the physics of phase change processes using T-v and P-v diagrams for pure substances. This will allow you to move on to energy analysis of closed systems, and mass and energy analysis of control volumes. In this unit, you will learn how to classify fluids and determine different forces on submerged objects. You will later work on two most commonly used equations in fluid mechanics: Bernoulli and energy equations in the context of pressure, velocity, and energy conservation. This unit will allow you to work on problems related to heat transfer such as heat conduction, and forced and natural heat convection. Students enrolled in distance mode must have access to a computer, and make frequent use of the internet. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
MATH11219 Applied Calculus AND ENEG11009 Fundamentals of Energy and Electricity AND [ENEG11006 Engineering Statics OR ENEM12007 Statics & Dynamics]

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mackay
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. Online Test 45%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55.56% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Lab practicals including the virtual lab directly helped in creating clear understanding of the concepts taught.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
This practice has continued.
Source: Unit Evaluation, Discussion in class
Feedback
Weekly quizzes are very useful and enabled students to make regular study times and remain up-to-date.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Weekly quizzes are continued in this term too.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Lab documents can be improved.
Recommendation
All lab sheets will be checked and ways to improve these documents will be explored.
Action Taken
Lab documents have been updated to streamline the activity descriptions.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Students have appreciated the lecturer's enthusiasm and efforts for keeping in regular contact with students and encouraging them to complete the activities.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The unit provides easy to understand learning resources.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Online labs conducted due to COVID-19 restrictions were slightly lacking in providing good learning experience compared to face to face delivery.
Recommendation
Ways to improve the online lab experience will be explored.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe fundamental and key concepts of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
  2. Apply energy equations and laws of thermodynamics and evaluate the performance of thermodynamic systems
  3. Analyse various phase change processes, heat transfer mechanisms, and thermal cycles
  4. Develop solutions for problems related to flow rates, pressures, and forces for fluid systems
  5. Communicate professionally using relevant technical terminology, symbols, and diagrams and effectively document calculations and solutions
  6. Work autonomously and as a team to analyse problems and present solutions.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

Intermediate
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5I 6I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 6I )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 6I )
Advanced
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4A 5I )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4A )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4A 5I )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4A 5I )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3A 4A )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3A 4A 5I )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4A )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 1I 2I 3A 4A )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 2I 3A 4I 5I )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 2A 3I 4I )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Online Test