Course Title: Thermofluids and Propulsion Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Thermofluids and Propulsion Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Hideaki Ogawa

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6042

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus: Building 57, Level 3, Room 12c

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have successfully completed courses on thermodynamics and fluid mechanics (completion of propulsion and compressible aerodynamics is an advantage).

Course Description

This course aims to develop your skills in relation to aerospace propulsion systems with a particular emphasis on jet and rocket engines. You will be introduced to the principles of operation of different types of propulsion systems, covering turbojets, turbofans, ramjets, scramjets and rockets. Analytical methods will be derived to determine the main performance parameters for various propulsion systems. Fundamental relevant flow processes, in particular heat transfer and gas dynamics, are also included. You will also be introduced to future trends in aerospace propulsion (e.g., hybrid propulsion, ion/MPD thrusters). The second part of this course is dedicated to the application of green technologies to reduce aircraft emissions (including both greenhouse gas emissions as well as noise). The course further explores the technologies used to generate aviation biofuels and how the requirements for aviation biofuels differ from those of terrestrial power plants.          

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes (PLOs):

1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
• Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders
• Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

3. Analysis
• Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities
• Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences

4. Professional Practice
• Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
• Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work

5. Research
• Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

On completion of this course you should be able to
1. Apply understanding of operating principles of complex propulsion systems to applications and technical challenges in jet engines and rockets
2. Implement advanced technical concepts to analyse and assess the performance and efficiency characteristics of jet engines
3. Determine the main parameters of high energy flows in rocket engines based on fundamental gas dynamics theories
4. Apply preliminary research methodologies to identify emerging and contemporary trends in aerospace propulsions systems
5. Relate applicable regulations, standards and practices in emission technologies and biofuels to professional practices internationally
6. Estimate the emissions reduction achieved by the introduction of low emissions technologies
7. Compare various fuels including biofuels and petroleum-based fuels from a performance and operational perspective

Overview of Learning Activities

1. Lectures and Class discussions
2. Group research assignment activities
3. Quizzes

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources used include: online learning system, recommended textbooks, free internet sources.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Task 1: Group Research Project
Weighting 45%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 – 4

Assessment Task 2: Class Tests and Quizzes
Weighting 45%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 – 3 and 5 – 7

Assessment Task 3: Peer Assessment
Weighting 10% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1 – 7