Course Title: Thermo-Fluid Mechanics 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Thermo-Fluid Mechanics 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Abhijit Data

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0612

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.65 (Bundoora East)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Thermo Fluid Mechanics 1 or equivalent (i.e. a first year engineering thermo-fluids course)

Course Description

You are introduced to operating principles and analysis of engines, refrigerators, pumps, turbines, compressors and related devices. At the same time associated issues are addressed including pipe flow analysis, dimensional analysis, drag, lift and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

The learning approach is to apply engineering principles to performance prediction for idealised forms of devices and systems. This will provide a basis for understanding how performance can be improved and for predicting performance of real systems.

In following this approach it is planned that you reinforce your understanding of, and ability to apply, engineering principles. The emphasis is not only on the particular devices and systems considered but also on the ability to analyse unfamiliar systems and to be creative in thermodynamic and fluid mechanic design.

The skills developed in this course will be applied in higher year thermo-fluid mechanics and in particular in the more specialised areas of heat transfer, refrigeration, air conditioning, engines and aerodynamics.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The objectives for this course are that you:
• Become familiar with the nature and operating principles of systems involving fluid and energy flows
• Are able to apply basic principles and laws of physics to analysing and predicting performance of idealised forms of those systems
• Are able to describe and assess benefits of improvements to those systems
• Are able to relate the idealised systems modelled to corresponding real systems.

This course will advance your development in the following broad capabilities:

Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the principles of sustainable design and development
General knowledge necessary to understand the place of engineering in society
Proficiency in Engineering Design
Capacity for creativity and innovation
Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
Expectation and capacity to undertake lifelong learning
Ability to use appropriate techniques and resources
Ability to manage information and documentation 
Ability to demonstrate professional attitudes

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials working on execises and assignment, laboratory classes, learner directed study

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture overviews  and lab guide sheets will be provided on the learning hub (accessible via "myRMIT"), and an up-to-date text will be prescribed to assist learning and from which tutorial questions will be taken. Some sample exam questions will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on Thermodynamic tutorial work and associated assignment, Fluid mechanics tutorial work and associated assignment, lab report(s), and a final examination.