ENGCB321-23B (HAM)

Thermal Engineering

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
Academic Divisions
Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering

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: mary.dalbeth@waikato.ac.nz
: natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz
: janine.williams@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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Thermal Engineering encompasses the analysis, modelling, and design of heat recovery and utility systems, with a particular emphasis on minimising energy demand and emissions within industrial sites. A notable feature of the course is the integration of Excel spreadsheeting, empowering students to tackle and explore a range of common industrial problems. By harnessing the power of spreadsheets, students develop practical problem-solving abilities and gain familiarity with Excel, a tool commonly used in the industry.

This paper serves as a progression from the second-year courses ENGME221 Engineering Thermodynamics and ENGCB224 Heat and Mass Transfer. It builds upon the foundational principles introduced in these earlier courses, enabling students to deepen their understanding of thermodynamics and heat transfer. By integrating this knowledge, students develop a comprehensive skill set that enables them to analyse, model and design efficient thermal systems. The course fosters critical thinking and encourages the application of theoretical concepts to practical contexts, ensuring that students are better prepared to make valuable contributions to industry at the conclusion of their degree.

The learning outcomes for this paper are linked to Washington Accord graduate attributes WA1-WA11. Explanation of the graduate attributes can be found at: https://www.ieagreements.org/

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How this paper will be taught

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The course offers a comprehensive learning experience by through a combination of lectures, computer-based tutorials, and lab sessions. The three-step process of learning, applying, and exploring forms the foundation of the course's pedagogical framework. By following this structured approach, students are not only exposed to theoretical concepts but also encouraged to apply them in a range of industrial settings. The incorporation of Excel-based spreadsheet modelling and optimisation activities enhances the hands-on learning experience, allowing students to gain valuable skills in data analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making. By exposing students to common practical scenarios, they are better equipped to tackle industry challenges and gain valuable skills relevant to their future careers.

Note: The paper announcements, materials and assessments are communicated and managed using Moodle.

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Required Readings

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R. Smith, 2016. Chemical Process Design and Integration, 2nd Edition, Wiley.

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You will need to have

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Students need to acquire the course lecture notes book, the required textbook, and have access to a computer with Excel (or able to remote desktop to the lab computers) to complete this course. For Windows-based computers, students can download and install CoolProp as an add-in to Excel. CoolProp is free and adds functions in Excel to determine the thermodynamic properties of fluids. See Moodle for instructions.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Apply advanced thermodynamic fluid property concepts to understand and solve thermal engineering problems (WA1)
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  • Apply specialist knowledge in heat exchange, heat exchanger networks, and utility systems (including steam, cogeneration, cooling and refrigeration) to analyse relevant engineering problems (WA1)
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  • Apply spreadsheeting to the modelling, design, and optimisation of process heat exchange and utility heating, cogeneration and cooling systems with an understanding of the underlying practical limitations (WA5)
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  • Communicate effectively the analysis and design of heat exchanger network and utility systems solutions through targeted reports for industrial site owners and operators (WA9)
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  • Design efficient heat exchanger network and utility systems that meet a process (or site) heating and cooling demand specification (WA3)
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Visual Summaries
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Tutorials
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Design Challenge Labs
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Mid-trimester Test
15
  • In Class: In Lab
5. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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