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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 equation in the context of pressure, velocity and energy conservation. You will finish this section by discussing internal and external (drag and lift) fluid flows. This unit will allow you to work on problems related to heat transfer such as, steady and transient heat conduction, and forced and natural heat convection. You will be introduced to the working principles of hydraulic and pneumatic devices, their configuration and characteristics. This will enable you to analyse pneumatic circuits and select components in the context of mechatronics systems. Students enrolled in distance mode are required to attend a compulsory Residential school and have access to a computer and make frequent use of the internet.

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 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mackay
Mixed Mode
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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. Examination 40%

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 to solve conservation problems
  3. Analyse various phase change processes, heat transfer mechanisms, and thermal cycles
  4. Solve problems related to flow rates, pressures and forces for fluid systems
  5. Design mechatronics systems using pneumatic elements
  6. Communicate professionally using relevant technical terminology, symbols, and diagrams and effectively document calculations and solutions
  7. Work autonomously and as a team to analyse problems and present solutions.

Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination