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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.

In the thermal part, you 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
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering

Alan Henderson

Teaching staff

Xiaolin Wang

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Learning Outcomes

1. Design a thermal - fluid system using computer aided engineering tools.

2. Apply theory and established methods to solve complex fluid mechanics problems.

3. Apply theoretical and experimental methods to investigate, analyse and critically interpret fluid\ mechanics results.

4. Analyse various power and refrigeration cycles and engineering problems involving air-vapor mixtures.

5. Evaluate the performance of various air-conditioning and industrial thermodynamics systems.



Band Field of Education
2 030701

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Teaching Pattern



Three major assessments:  report and e-portfolio (50%), weekly online quizzes (10%) and 3-hr end of semester exam (40%)

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