TRC4802 - Thermo-fluids and power systems - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Professor Kerry Hourigan (Clayton)
Dr Alpha Agape Gopalai (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


MEC2404, MEC2405, TRC2200Not offered in 2018


This unit provides the discipline basis for applications in energy, power and motive force where fluids are involved. It also provides a basic level of knowledge and problem solving capability in heat transfer. These disciplines are central to mechanical engineering and, as a consequence, are essential knowledge for mechatronic engineers whose designs usually have mechanical elements.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Calculate hydrodynamic forces on/in static fluids or those in rigid body motion.
  2. Analyse thermodynamic systems using concepts of thermo-fluid properties, systems and control volumes.
  3. Analyse performance and characteristic of thermodynamic processes and cycles.
  4. Calculate heat transfer rate for different systems (conduction, convection and radiation).
  5. Calculate forces in moving fluids (internal & external flow).


Continuous assessment: 50%

Final examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

Clayton Campus:

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. A unit requires on average three to five hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Sunway Campus:

Three hours of lectures (or equivalent), 2 - 3 hours of other scheduled activities (1-3 hours of tutorials and/or 2-3 hours of labs or practicals) and 7 - 8 hours of private study per week, for a total of 12 hours per week and 144 hours per semester not including the independent hours during mid-semester break, swot vac and exam periods. When the independent hours in these periods are included, the total workload is 204 hours per semester.

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