ENGME221-23A (HAM)

Engineering Thermodynamics

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

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

Placement/WIL Coordinator(s)

Tutor(s)

: lana.kong@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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Engineering Thermodynamics is the study of energy and the unique relationship between heat, work and the properties of substances, hence the name thermo + dynamics. As a science it has taken many years to develop, beginning in the late 18th century with the development of the steam engine. Thermodynamics lays the foundation for the understanding of many important devices that have become part of our everyday life, such as power plants, refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps, to name a few.

The paper builds on the Foundations of Engineering and other 1st Year papers, extending understanding of engineering principles of units and measurement, conservation of mass and energy, analysis of systems and engineering problem-solving. It forms the foundation for fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermal engineering and advanced energy engineering papers, especially those involving chemical, biological or mechanical processes. It covers: energy transfer processes, thermodynamic laws and cycles, psychrometry, thermodynamic property relationships, energy balances and combustion reactions.

The learning outcomes for this paper are linked to Washington Accord graduate attributes WA1-WA11. An 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 is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory classes. The course is divided into 6 topics with each topic covering 2-3 chapters of the course textbook. Please refer to Moodle and relevant announcements for a detailed course overview and the timing of when the tutorial and labs start.

Students engage in a three-step process of learning, practicing and applying the concepts taught in the paper. Activities and assessments provide a scaffold to guide students through this process. The expectation is for students to attend every lecture, at least one tutorial per week, and the scheduled lab times in-person (about 57 hours). In addition, students are expected to read and study the textbook and lecture notes (about 48 hours) and study for and complete the various assessments (about 45 hours).

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Required Readings

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Y.A. Cengel, M.A. Boles, & M. Kanoglu, 2018. Thermodynamics: an Engineering Approach, 9th Edition, McGraw Hill.

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You will need to have

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Students need to purchase the textbook and lecture note book. They also need access to a computer and should download and install CoolProp as an add-in to Excel. CoolProp is free and adds functions to determine the thermodynamic properties of fluids (a time-saving alternative to looking-up tables or correlations).
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Characterize the substances of a thermodynamic system using appropriate thermodynamic properties and describe the processes that make up the system on thermodynamic diagrams (WA1, WA2)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Concept Quizzes (1)
    Topic 1 Challenge (3)
    Mid-trimester Test (9)
    Exam (10)
  • Explain and apply the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics to Excel modelling and performance analysis of engineering devices and power and refrigeration cycles (WA2, WA5)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Concept Quizzes (1)
    Topic 2 Challenge (4)
    Topic 3 Challenge (5)
    Topic 4 Challenge (6)
    Topic 5 Challenge (7)
    Topic 6 Challenge (8)
    Mid-trimester Test (9)
    Exam (10)
  • Recognises the role of thermodynamics in addressing societal concerns related to energy and can make informed judgements consistent with and engineer's professional responsibilities (WA8)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Concept Quizzes (1)
    Mid-trimester Test (9)
    Exam (10)
  • Use conservation of mass and energy principles and entropy balance equations to model open and closed systems undergoing transient and steady processes, and to model combustion reactions (WA1, WA2)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Topic 4 Challenge (6)
    Topic 5 Challenge (7)
    Topic 6 Challenge (8)
    Exam (10)
  • Use structured techniques to develop engineering problem statements based on real-world applications, and to solve engineering thermodynamics problems (WA2)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Topic 4 Challenge (6)
    Topic 5 Challenge (7)
    Topic 6 Challenge (8)
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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The assessment has three distinct components. The Concept Quizzes are short and quick to complete and are designed to encourage weekly engagement with the course material. The Challenges require students to summarise each topic of the course, complete an array of practice problems and conduct a lab or computer-based investigation. These activities encourage students to read and study the textbook while also learning to practice and apply the concepts that are discussed in the various topics. The Test and Exam are summative, invigilated and in-person assessments that confirm an individual student has achieved the learning outcomes of the paper.

Samples of your work may be required as part of the Engineering New Zealand accreditation process for BE(Hons) degrees. Any samples taken will have the student name and ID redacted. If you do not want samples of your work collected then please email the engineering administrator, Natalie Shaw (natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz), to opt out.

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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. Concept Quizzes
10
2. Challenges
Average of All
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Topic 1 Challenge
15 Mar 2023
No set time
-
4. Topic 2 Challenge
29 Mar 2023
No set time
-
5. Topic 3 Challenge
12 Apr 2023
No set time
-
6. Topic 4 Challenge
10 May 2023
No set time
-
7. Topic 5 Challenge
24 May 2023
No set time
-
8. Topic 6 Challenge
7 Jun 2023
No set time
-
9. Mid-trimester Test
24 Apr 2023
6:00 PM
10
10. 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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