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Unit details

SEM314 - Principles of Thermodynamics

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Subrat Das

Prerequisite:

SEP101 (SEM218 is highly recommended)

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour class, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 1 x 5 hour practical class per trimester.  

Compulsory campus attendance requirement for all students either at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester or on a single scheduled day during Week 8.   Typically Waurn Ponds (Geelong) enrolled students will attend the compulsory activities for this unit at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester and Cloud (online) enrolled students will attend the compulsory activities for this unit on a single scheduled day during Week 8.

Content

This unit includes: Introduction and definitions - general terminology, reversibility and reversible Work; the first law of thermodynamics - conservation of energy, non-flow energy equation and steady flow energy equation; the working fluids - P-V diagram for steam and use of steam tables, gas characteristic equation, Joule's Law, specific heat capacity, relationship of R, Cp and Cv.; reversible and irreversible processes - reversible non-flow process (e.g. constant pressure, constant volume, isothermal, adiabatic and polytropic); irreversible processes, reversible flow processes and non-steady flow processes; the second law of thermodynamics - statements of the 2nd law, entropy, T-5 diagram, reversible processes on a T-5 diagram, entropy and irreversibility; the heat engine cycles - the heat engine cycle (Carnot cycle and constant pressure cycle), air standard cycles (otto and dual combustion cycle) and mean effective pressure; steam power cycles - the Rankine cycle, thermal efficiency of the steam power plant, modified Rankine cycle, reheat and regenerative cycles.

Assessment

Examination 60%, two problem-based assignment (10% each) 20%, practical work and report (20%).  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the examination and compulsory attendance is required by all students to unit-specific activities at Waurn Ponds (Geelong). These unit-specific activities may be undertaken either at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester or during a single day of unit-specific activities scheduled during Week 8.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$1096$1096$3863$3609

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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