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Thermodynamics (MCEN90015)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMCEN90015
Semester 1
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There are 2 related, major topics of study in this subject. Each of these topics will analyse aspects of important thermodynamic devices and will then be integrated to analyse their combined effects in selected devices:

  • Cycle analysis: gas turbines, refrigeration and steam cycles
  • Heat transfer: conduction, convection, radiation and heat exchangers


  • Heat transfer: 1-D conduction, external convection, internal convection, heat exchangers and thermal radiation
  • Cycle analysis: Brayton cycles, turboject cycles, Rankine cycles, refrigeration cycles

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this subject the student is expected to be able to:

  1. Apply the fundamental principles of thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer to numerous engineering devices
  2. Quantify and analyse the performance of various devices in which energy and mass transfer occur
  3. Use a systems approach to simplify a complex problem.

Generic skills

After completing this unit, students should have

  • The ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • An understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • The ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • The capacity for creativity and innovation.

Last updated: 3 April 2019