This unit of competency covers the application of fluid and thermodynamic principles to engineering applications. It includes sustainability issues; fundamental scientific principles; fundamentals of vacuum technology; properties of gases and liquids; heat transfer due to conduction, convection and radiation heat and compression processes; closed and open systems; continuity, enthalpy and energy transfers related to compressors, boilers, turbine heat exchangers, heat engines, refrigerators and heat pump performance. It also includes fluid systems and components, forces on floating and submerged bodies, turbine and pumping systems, and jet forces on blades and plates.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


MEM23004A - Apply technical mathematics


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - determining and confirming parameters and context of tasks, personal responsibilities, team and support personnel relations, chain of responsibility, WHS, regulatory requirements, risk management and organisational procedures; - reviewing sustainability implications, functions and features of fluid, thermodynamic and vacuum devices, machines and systems; - assessing and applying fluid, thermodynamic and vacuum principles and software skills and techniques; - ensuring clear and logical process of specification development and compatibility of units in calculations, and; - reporting and documenting results of investigation, evaluation and application, calculations, diagrams, programs and files.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - definition of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and recognition of applications; - analytical, graphical, semi-graphical and software assisted techniques for applications for fluid and thermodynamic principles in engineering; - energy and sustainability concepts relevant to fluid and thermodynamic applications; - principles of turbines and heat engines; - basic properties and concepts common to fluids and thermodynamics; - energy types and concepts; - heat transfer processes; - concepts and properties of gases; - energy transfer in closed and open systems; - fluid mechanics; - fluid system components; - fluid statics; - fluid dynamics; - fluid power; - vacuum technology; - methods of lowering pressure; - barometric pressure; - quantity of gas; - types of vacuum pumps for evacuating volumes; - description of typical vacuum vessels, features and functions, and; - applications of vacuum technology in industry.

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