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Entropy and its application as a thermodynamic property; Representation and analysis of thermodynamic cycles (ideal and practical); Heat transfer modes (conduction, convection and radiation) and their analysis; Heat exchangers; Combustion.
The intention of this course is to build on the previously gained foundations in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer introduced in the 1st Professional year courses. This course develops the students’ analytical engineering skill set using specific and more advanced applications of thermodynamic and thermal systems. The students will gain the ability to investigate, assess, analyse and design thermal systems including: power generation, a variety of energy conversion cycles, refrigeration, heating, cooling, heat exchange, insulation and heat transfer. This course will allow students to apply and practice the systematic methodology required to tackle the types of applied thermal engineering and related design problems that they might typically encounter in their graduate mechanical engineering careers.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to: Apply 2nd Law concepts of entropy balance in thermodynamic analyses Apply knowledge of 1st and 2nd Laws to analyse thermodynamic cycles including: Otto, Diesel, Brayton, Rankine and vapour-compression cycles Assess cycle efficiencies using 1st and 2nd Laws applied to Control Volumes Analyse thermal, 2nd Law and conversion efficiencies and explain parameter changes that improve efficiency Design basic heating, cooling, heat exchange, and insulation systems Estimate the heat release from the combustion of hydrocarbons and then compare the results with experimental data Confidently apply thermal energy conservation laws to evaluate heat transfer problems such as: multidimensional conduction, extended surface heat transfer, and transient heat transfer analysis Assess forced and free convection problems using analytical and empirical correlations Analyse thermal radiation heat transfer by evaluating view factors, emissive and absorptive power, and multi body exchange
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Cengel, Y.A. , Turner, R.H. , Cimbala, J.M;
Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences;
McGraw Hill, 2008.
Domestic fee $901.00
International fee $4,863.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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