Thermodynamics 2

Unit code: NEM3103 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
NEM2201 - Thermodynamics 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit is the continuation from Thermodynamics 1 and is specifically for Mechanical Engineering students. The Thermodynamics 2 will focus on the applications of the principles learnt from Thermodynamics 1. This includes learning to analyse the refrigeration, air-conditioning systems, various engines, power plants and simple combustion process. It is expected that the students can analyse real engineering problems involving thermal energy after studying this subject.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analysis the various concepts of refrigeration, and determine the performance of ideal and actual refrigeration systems;
  2. Deep understanding of the various concepts of air-conditioning processes, and analysis the energy and mass balances in air-conditioning systems;
  3. Review and analysis of the various cycles related to petrol engines, diesel engines, gas turbines, and jet engines and determine their performances under ideal and real engineering conditions;
  4. Review and analysis of the various cycles related to steam power cycles, determine their performance in large power stations, and recommendations of performance improvement existing power stations; and
  5. Acquire the knowledge and skills in develop the combustion equations and determine the air to fuel ratio and flame temperature.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 25%
Class Test 1; calculations, sketches
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 20%
Laboratory Experiment and Report on Refrigeration; calculations, sketches
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 25%
Laboratory Experiment and Report on Air Conditioning; calculations, sketches
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Final Test

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate

As part of a course

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