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Thermal and Fluid Engineering ENG212


The main objective of this unit is to introduce students to the fundamental thermodynamic and fluid mechanics physical laws, and develop in students the ability to apply these fundamental principles in thermal and fluid energy systems. It emphasizes understanding basic principles and applying them to practical situations using lab demonstrations. The aim is to give students the necessary skills to carry out basic design and performance analysis in the area of fluid statics, fluid motion, heat, and power system in steam and similar power plants, engines, and refrigeration systems. The thermal part will cover three thermodynamic laws and the application of thermodynamics laws in thermal analysis of engines, refrigerators/heat pumps, and power cycles. The fluid part deals with hydrostatic pressure and forces, flow along streamlines with and without friction, flow momentum and forces, similarity and modeling.

This unit is prerequisite for the units, ENG311 thermal engineering 1, ENG412 thermal engineering 2 and ENG313 Fluid Mechanics, core units in mechanical and civil engineering.


Unit name Thermal and Fluid Engineering
Unit code ENG212
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Professor Xiaolin Wang
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain three thermodynamic laws and fundamental principles in fluid mechanics
  • Solve problems related to thermal and fluid systems by applying thermodynamic laws and fluid principles
  • Identify different power systems and fluid problems in thermal and fluid systems
  • Report analyses and results of practical problems and experiments in a format that a technically competent person can follow and obtain the similar findings
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
030701 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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(KAA110 OR ENG103 OR JEE135) AND (KMA154 OR JEE104)

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Lectures: 3 hours per week (1x2 hr and 1x1 hr), total 39 hours

Tutorials: 1 hour per week and 12 tutorials in total.

Practical: Three lab practics, two in approx. weeks 3 to 6 and one in weeks 9 to 10 depending on student numbers (the detailed schedule will be discussed according to the actual student numbers).

AssessmentFinal Exam (40%)|Thermal and fluid labs (30%)|Mid-semester tests (30%)
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