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MEC2106 Introduction to Thermofluids

Semester 2, 2023 Springfield On-campus
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Course Coordinator: Tamara Sopek


Pre-requisite: CIV1500 or CIV1501 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BENH or BEBC or BEHS or GCEN or MENS or GEPR


This fundamental course enables students to study the flow behaviour of fluids (liquids or gasses) and their interaction with the environment. Through an understanding of how these processes occur, students will design efficient systems, benefitting the environment and the economy. This course leads into the higher-level studies of thermofluids in MEC3107 Thermofluids, MEC4108 Advanced Thermofluids and MEC4104 Renewable Energy Technology.

Students will learn how pressure controls the movement of fluids and fluids exert pressure on their surroundings. They will study how the exchange of energy via work and/or heat transfer enables the design of practical devices. The implications of these processes are used in the analysis of practical systems.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. apply first law of thermodynamics and thermodynamics property data of pure substances to the analysis of thermodynamic processes;
  2. analyse closed and steady flow engineering systems;
  3. analyse static and flowing fluid flow systems using the conservation of mass, energy and momentum;
  4. classify mechanisms of heat transfer and analyse simple steady state thermal systems;
  5. analyse and compare the results of experimental and theoretical analyses; and
  6. produce a written report to outline the results of an experiment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction 5.00
2. Fluid statics 10.00
3. Energy and the first law of thermodynamics 10.00
4. Properties of pure substances 8.00
5. Energy analysis of closed systems 10.00
6. Energy analysis of open flow systems 10.00
7. Inviscid fluid flow 15.00
8. Fundamentals of viscous fluid flow 15.00
9. Fundamentals of heat transfer 17.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Cengel, YA, Cimbala, JM, and Turner, RH 2017, Fundamentals of thermal fluid sciences, 5th in SI Units edn, McGraw Hill.
(The text is available in electronic form and in soft cover. This textbook is also used in MEC3107 Thermofluids and MEC4108 Advanced Thermofluids.)

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Problem Solving 1 No 25 1,2,5,6
Assignments Written Problem Solving 2 No 35 1,2,3,5,6
Assignments Written Problem Solving 3 No 40 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 24 September 2023