• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Dennis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course continues the study of energy systems and related environmental issues. The course begins with a revision of the first law of thermodynamics and heat transfer. It continues with a thorough examination of fluid dynamics and the second law of thermodynamics, emphasising energy analysis. Also included are quantitative economic and environmental analysis of design choices and thermo-economic optimisation (energy systems engineering). Generation of electric power is used as a systems theme for the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course, the student will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand and reason conceptually about the second law of thermodynamics via the concept of exergy analysis
  2. Understand and reason conceptually about the fundamentals of fluid dynamics.
  3. Analyse simple systems using knowledge of thermodynamics and fluid dynamics.
  4. Combine thermodynamics with simple economic analysis to develop a technique for optimising real world systems.
  5. Carry out an experimental investigation of the performance of a diesel engine generator set in a small group.
  6. Carry out an experimental investigation of a fluid dynamics application in a small group.
  7. Produce Engineering reports on the experimental investigations
  8. Experience the operation of power generating systems in an industrial environment via site visits.

Indicative Assessment

Laboratory quizzes (30%); Assignment (15%); Final Exam (55%)

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12-14h per week, including background reading and assessment.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2222.

Prescribed Texts

The text books specified for the course are:

  • Moran, M.J. & Shapiro, H.N. Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Potter, M.C. & Wiggert, D.C. Mechanics of Fluids

Various editions are available second hand and any will do. The Hancock library has a range of suitable texts. Recommended reading and tutorial problems will be taken from these texts.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2850
2008 $2592
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $2190
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3534
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2907 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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