ENTA13024 - Thermofluid Engineering for Aviation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the concepts of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in the context of the aviation and aerospace industries. You will begin with the ideal gas law and the first and second laws of thermodynamics for open and closed systems. You will then investigate the energy conversion and work done in engineering processes, and concepts and processes in thermodynamics to analyse energy and heat transfer in liquid and gas.You will study the physics of phase change processes for pure substances, conduct energy analysis of closed systems, and perform mass and energy analysis of control volumes. A key objective of the unit is improving your problem-solving skills by applying common theorems in fluid mechanics such as Bernoulli and energy equations to solve aerospace vehicle problems. You will study internal and external (drag and lift) fluid flows in the context of aviation systems and their impact on aerodynamics. You will use Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling software to solve complex aerodynamic problems.


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

Prerequisite:  Aerodynamics and Airframe Systems 

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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Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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. Project (applied) 20%
4. Online Test 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%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply energy equations and thermodynamics laws to solve energy conversion problems
  2. Analyse various phase change processes, heat transfer mechanisms, and thermodynamics and heat energy cycles for a variety of heat engines
  3. Apply fluid properties and fluid statics theory to calculate hydrostatic pressures and forces
  4. Analyse flow regimes using laminar and turbulent flow theories for different systems
  5. Analyse the behaviour and fluid dynamics using equations of conservation of mass, motion, and momentum for liquid and gas with the aid of appropriate computational tools
  6. Apply relevant terminology, diagrams and standard symbols in the documentation of solutions to analyses of processes

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2 - Written Assessment
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4 - Online Test
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
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