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MEC4108 Advanced Thermofluids

Semester 1, 2023 Toowoomba 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 : 28 May 2023


Course Coordinator: Khalid Saleh


Pre-requisite: (MEC3107 & ENM2600 & ENG3104) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or GEPR
Students cannot enrol in MEC4108 if they have successfully completed, or are currently enrolled in, MEC4103


Thermofluids is the study of fluids (liquids and gasses) and their interaction with the environment. Engineers take advantage of the ability to perform tasks by changing the temperature of fluids or forcing them to flow. Through an understanding of how these processes occur, engineers are able to refine current practices and devise new systems which perform more efficiently, which is beneficial to the environment and the economy. This course builds upon MEC3107 Thermofluids by studying more complex systems and introducing more advanced analysis techniques to investigate the performance of individual components.

The analysis of thermofluids is based around forces and energy: this is how fluids interact with other fluids and solids as part of their environment. Complex heat transfer behaviour is explored, with its impact on power generation, refrigeration and air conditioning. Multi-dimensional fluid dynamics and the effects of compressibility on fluid flow are examined.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. discriminate between methods for predicting the heat transfer in a range of systems;
  2. assess the performance of power generation, refrigeration and air-conditioning systems;
  3. evaluate the behaviour of fluid flow for complex systems;
  4. analyse and compare the results of experimental and theoretical analyses;
  5. critically evaluate the results of experiments.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction 4.00
2. Transient heat conduction 18.00
3. Natural convection 8.00
4. Radiation heat transfer 10.00
5. Heat exchangers 8.00
6. Rankine cycle 8.00
7. Refrigeration and air conditioning 16.00
8. Fluid flow conservation laws and differential formulation 8.00
9. Boundary Layer 8.00
10. Compressible flow 12.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

All students should purchase the following textbooks:
Cengel, YA. Ghajar, AJ 2014, Heat and Mass Transfer (SI Units), 5th edn, McGraw Hill Higher Education..
Cengel, YA, Cimbala, JM, and Turner, RH 2017, Fundamentals of thermal fluid sciences, 5th edn in SI Units, McGraw Hill. (This is the set textbook for MEC3107 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 Report No 10 1
Assignments Written Problem Solving 1 No 20 1,2
Assignments Written Problem Solving 2 No 35 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Written Problem Solving 3 No 35 3,4,5
Date printed 28 May 2023