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Unit information: Thermal Sciences for Engineers in 2015/16

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Unit name Thermal Sciences for Engineers
Unit code MENG10001
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Joe Quarini
Open unit status Not open

A-level or equivalent in Physics and Mathematics



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This course covers the Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer topics relevant to a broad spectrum of engineers.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students should understand first and second laws of thermodynamics and the various heat transfer mechanisms; conduction, convection and radiation. Students should be able to solve mathematical problems relating to heat conservation and conversion, maximum theoretical efficiency of machines (by second law), and heat loss/ gain from (for example) the built environment. Student should be able understand, explain and analyse some of the interesting engineering artefacts that depend on maximising/minimising heat transfer and associated phenomena, for example, heat-pipes, electric kettle switches and domestic 'radiators', as well as being able to undertake simple environmental heat transfer calculations to get a quantitative feel for some of the big questions facing society, such as climate change.

Teaching Information

Lectures, laboratory sessions.

Assessment Information

90% of the course will be assessed by 2-hour long examination. 10% will be assessed by laboratory/ practical exercise plus report.

Reading and References

Rogers and Mayhew, Engineering Thermodynamics, Work and Heat Transfer, Pergammon Cengel and Boles, Thermodynamics and Engineering Approach, Macgraw Hill