Courses & Units

Advanced Fluid and Thermal Engineering ENG412


This unit consists of two parts: advanced fluid and thermal. In the fluid part, you will explore the governing equations of incompressible viscous fluid flow in differential form and investigate a range of topics such as laminar and turbulent flow in boundary layers, pipes and channels. Compressible flow theory is introduced and used to solve problems involving compressible shock waves, flow choking, and flows involving friction and heat transfer. You will also learn applied methods in computational fluid dynamics and complete a major design assignment focused on sustainability with an emphasis on efficiency and loss minimisation in fluidic systems.

Thermal engineering will explore the advanced power cycles, refrigeration cycles, gas mixture and psychometrics for evaluating air-conditioning system. The thermal part should develop students’ ability to observe, formulate and solve problems in applied thermodynamics. It also provides an essential foundation for persons intending to continue with postgraduate research and development work in the field.


Unit name Advanced Fluid and Thermal Engineering
Unit code ENG412
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Professor Xiaolin Wang
Teaching staff Associate Professor Alan Henderson
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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

  • Evaluate experimental performance of thermal and fluid systems to meet technical requirements.
  • Apply theory and established methods to solve complex fluid mechanics problems.
  • Apply theoretical and experimental methods to investigate, analyse and critically interpret fluid mechanics results.
  • Analyse power and refrigeration cycles and engineering problems involving air-vapor mixtures.
  • Evaluate the performance of air-conditioning and industrial thermodynamics systems.
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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Teaching Pattern

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

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

Practical: Four lab practics, two thermal labs in approx. weeks 4 to 7 and two fluid labs in weeks 9 to 11 depending on student numbers (the detailed schedule will be discussed according to the actual student numbers).

AssessmentFinal Exam (40%)|Laboratory practice and reports (40%)|Mid-semester test (20%)
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  1. Cengel, Y. A, and Boles, M. A., Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, 9th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2019. (or
    previous and latest edition)
  2. Cengel, Y.A., Turner, R.H., and Cimbala, J.M., Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences,  McGraw-Hill, 2016. (or
    previous and latest edition)

These have been ordered for the bookshop, and these or earlier editions are available on reserve in the Library.
An alternative text (with less material) is Cengel, Heat and Mass Transfer or a Cengel text combining Thermodynamics
and Heat transfer.

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