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ME4522 - Energy, Conversion and Refrigeration

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

Advanced thermodynamics: second law analysis of processes, fuel and energy sources, combustion, environmental impact of power plant operation.Energy conversion: steam power plants, gas turbines, reciprocating internal combustion engines, photovoltaic energy systems, energy storage. Air-conditioning and refrigeration: vapour compression cycle, psychrometry and wetted surface heat transfer, cooling coils and cooling towers, air conditioning system analysis and operation, air conditioning loads, thermal comfort requirements.

Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced thermodynamics: enable students to use the second law of thermodynamics to identify inefficiencies in thermodynamic processes and suggest improvements. Perform quantitative combustion calculations including second law analysis. Develop an appreciation for the various energy sources, their environmental impact and the environmental responsibilities of professional engineers;
  • Air-conditioning and refrigeration: understand the design principles for air conditioning and refrigeration apparatus. Evaluate the operation of air conditioning equipment under varying load conditions. Develop the ability to use information from established design handbooks such as the ASHRAE guide or Australian Standards. Be able to perform building air conditioning load calculations and appreciate factors influencing them;
  • Energy conversion: become familiar with the design of steam power plants, reciprocating internal combustion engines and gas turbines. Gain an understanding of internal combustion engine characteristics relevant for the selection and operation of plant equipment. Become familiar with engineering applications of photovoltaic energy systems and principles of sustainable design and development;
  • skills in report writing, teamwork during laboratory sessions, measurement techniques and error analysis.
Prerequisites: ME2512


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Dr Rong Situ.
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.