MEM23114 - Evaluate thermodynamic systems and components

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Unit code: MEM23114 | Study level: TAFE
MEM23004 - Apply technical mathematics
MEM23006 - Apply fluid and thermodynamics principles in engineering
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to evaluate thermodynamic systems and components including heat exchangers, heat engines, refrigeration, air conditioners and air compressors.The evaluation can be undertaken as part of a design or system selection process or to assess system condition, sustainability or efficiency. It is suitable for people working as technicians or system designers and draftspersons, and for those pursuing careers and qualifications in engineering or related disciplines.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes & 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 parameters and context of evaluation task
  • determining work health and safety (WHS), regulatory requirements, risk management and organisational procedures
  • identifying features, functions and components of thermodynamic dynamic systems and components
  • investigating and reviewing sustainability implications, features and functions of thermodynamic systems and components on at least two occasions
  • evaluating components and systems to determine safety, efficiency and fitness for purpose
  • evaluating combustion, steam, air compression and refrigeration and air conditioning processes
  • determining system performance and heat transfer on at least two occasions
  • reporting and documenting processes and results of evaluation including calculations, component and system layouts, functional diagrams and thermodynamic cycle diagrams.
    Note: Where a volume and/or frequency is not specified, demonstration must be provided at least once.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the Victoria University Polytechnic e-Learning system.

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