SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3H324915
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Thermo Fluids

Summary of Content

The course has the intention to make the student familiar with basic concepts used in thermal science, including energy transfer systems, evaluation of performances, conservation of energy.


Reciprocating IC Engines: Introduction; An Overview of Reciprocating Engines ; Otto Cycle - The Ideal Cycle for SI Engines; Diesel Cycle - The Ideal Cycle for CI Engines; Criteria of Performance , Performance Characteristics. Gas Turbines: Introduction; The Practical Gas Turbine Cycle; Thermal Efficiency; Work Ratio; Multi-Stage Expansion; Modifications to the Basic Cycle; (a) Intercooling; (b) Reheat; (c) Heat Exchanger; Reciprocating Air-Compressor: Introduction; Reciprocating Air-Compressor; The Conditions for Minimum Work; Isothermal Efficiency; Reciprocating Compressor with Clearance Volume; The Volumetric Efficiency; Multistage Compression with Intercooling. Vapor Power Plant: Introduction; The Rankine Cycle & Efficiencies; Specific Steam Consumption; Rankine Cycle with Superheat; The Enthalpy-Entropy (h-s) diagram. Refrigeration: Introduction; 4-2 Reversed Heat Engine Cycle; Coefficient of Performance (COP); Reversed Carnot Cycle; Vapor- Compression Refrigeration Cycles; Use of Throttle Valve; Condition at Compressor Inlet; The Pressure-Enthalpy (p-h) Diagram;

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Review the fundamental principles of thermodynamics to various energy conversion systems.(AM1, AM6)2. Discuss and apply the working relationships involved in the behaviour and performance of power and refrigeration cycles. (AM1,AM4/AM6)3. Analyse and solve problems associated with compressors, turbines and gas turbine cycles. (AM1)4. Analyse and solve problems associated with internal combustion engines.(AM1, AM4)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The lectures will be used to convey the concepts of principles covered with suitable explanatory examples. The material covered during the classroom lectures will be reinforced and consolidated through tutorials and laboratory sessions. Private study will be used to reinforce materials delivered on relevant topics. Practical work in the laboratory will be used to encourage team work, enhance understanding and application of the engineering principles and develop skills in technical report writing.

Indicative Reading

Arthur Maurice Greene ,2012, Heat Engineering; a Textbook of Applied Thermodynamics for Engineers and Students in Technical Schools , HardPress Publishing. Eastop, T.D. and Mc Conkey,1993 Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologist, 5 th Edition, ELBS with DP Publications. Ratha Krishnan, E.,2000, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics , 1st Edition, Prentice Hall of India. R.K. Rajput, 2010, A Textbook of Engineering Thermodynamics, Firewall Media, Sudbury, MA, 2009 Engineering Thermodynamics: A Practical Reference : Jones and Bartlett Publishers,

Transferrable Skills

Development of skills in problem analysis and numerical analysis. Analytical and problem-solving skills to both engineering and industrial applications.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 50.00
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Practicals (FT) 14.00
Lectures (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Coursework 1
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Final Examination 50% (Unseen written -2 Hours)
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-Term Test-20%(Unseen written - 1 ½ Hours)