This unit will focus on the application of the commercial simulation software ANSYS for the computer simulation of problems related to Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Electronics Engineering. The unit will introduce students to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) allowing them to solve problems related to flow paths in complex systems. This will include the modelling of natural convective and radiative heat transfer, heat removal from critical electronics, thermal management to improve reliability and prevent premature failure of circuitry and electronic devices used in data centres, large computing facilities and telecommunication environments. The unit will also introduce the modelling of electro-mechanical devices such as electric motors.

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NEF1204 - Introduction to Engineering Design

Completion of 192 credit points

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Generate CFD models of simple, verifiable geometries with predictable results and of complex geometries with unknown flow fields;  
  2. Critically evaluate the validity of CFD results and interpret their meaning;  
  3. Model heat removal systems using CFD and interpret results indicating necessary adjustments;  
  4. Generate models of simple electro-mechanical devices.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test of the theory and application of CFD (one hour) 15%
Test Test - theory and application of CFD and electro-mechanical simulation tools (one hour) 15%
Portfolio Face to Face and written evidence demonstrating consistent progress related to the learning activities and outcomes. (hurdle task) 70%
The portfolio focuses upon the individual student's ability to demonstrate his or her in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline and apply established engineering methods to complex engineering problems, fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources and effective communication in professional and lay domains as defined in Engineers Australia competencies 2.1, 2.2 and 3.2. As the portfolio is the one way by which these competencies can be assessed on an individual basis, this is a hurdle assessment task.

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