Courses & Units

Thermal Engineering ENG720


The unit develop students' fundamental grasp of the concepts related to heat transfer. These phenomena are ubiquitous in mechanical engineering so a good understanding of them is essential for students to confidently progress to the higher stages of learning and in their future engineering career.

This unit builds on material presented in ENG212 Thermal and Fluid Engineering covering more advanced topics in energy transfer and conversion. This provides students a broad range of industrial engineering thermal systems, with an emphasis placed on distinguishing between energy quality and quantity.


Unit name Thermal Engineering
Unit code ENG720
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Professor Xiaolin Wang
Delivered By


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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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 heat transfer processes in a variety of practical engineering applications.
  • Evaluate the convective heat transfer coefficients for a range of flows over internal and external surfaces
  • Design an optimised heat exchanger by applying contemporary engineering tools and principles
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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



Teaching Pattern

Lectures: 3 hours per week (1 x 2hr and 1 x 1hr), and 39 hr lectures in total.
Tutorials: 1 hour per week and 12 hours in total.
Practical: Three 2-hour sessions, one each in approx. weeks 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10 depending on the student numbers (the detailed schedule will be discussed in the class)

AssessmentLab demonstration/Practices (30%)|Heat exchanger design (20%)|Invigilated exam (40%)|Mid-semester test (10%)
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Incropera FP and de Witt DP, Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 8th edition, Wiley, 2017. (or previous and latest edition),
Cengel, Y. A, and Boles, M. A., Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, 9th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2019. (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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