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ME2512 - Thermofluid Mechanics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Engineering

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics Thermodynamic properties. Closed and open systems. First and second law of thermodynamics. Elementary thermodynamic analysis of gas and vapour cyclesFundamentals of Fluid Mechanics Fluids at rest. Dynamics of fluid flow. Euler, Bernoulli and energy equations. Measurement of fluid flow. Laminar and turbulent flow pipe flow, pressure drop due to friction. Pumps in pipelines.

Learning Outcomes

  • Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics: after completion of this section the students should be able to understand and solve a variety of problems involving: the pressure versus height relationship in a static fluid for a given fluid property variation; the resultant hydrostatic forces on submerged surfaces (including buoyancy forces); the principle of conservation of mass; the Euler, Bernoulli and energy equations; flow measurement devices such as Pitot tubes and Venturi meter and simple laminar and turbulent pipe flows;
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics: enable students to deal with energy related problems in a quantitative manner (identify, formulate and solve energy-related problems). In particular, students should be able to use the principle of the conservation of energy in engineering applications and be aware of the limits of the energy conversion from heat to mechanical work. Become familiar with important thermodynamic cycles. The relationship between thermodynamics and other subject areas and the role of energy efficiency are to be shown;
  • skills in report writing, teamwork during laboratory sessions, measurement techniques and error analysis.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Dr Julie Lovisa.
Workload expectations:
  • 65 hours - Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, practicals, site visits and/or seminars. Refer to Subject Outline for details.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.