Module Catalogue

MEC2107 : Thermal Systems Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Steven Tay
  • Lecturer: Dr Eugene Wong
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


The module introduces students to a range of thermofluid topics:
- Review of key thermodynamic concepts.
- Heat Transfer.
- Mixtures, Psychrometry and Air-conditioning
- Introduction to fluid mechanics
- Sustainable energy management.

Outline Of Syllabus

Review of key thermodynamic concepts:
- Work, energy, heat, temperature.
- General energy equations.
- Energy transformations (First Law, simple process models).
- Second Law and “grade” of energy.

Mixtures, Psychrometry and Air-conditioning
- Revision of mixtures of vapours and gases
- Psychrometry and air conditioning.
- Cooling tower design.

Heat Transfer:
- Modes (conduction, convection, radiation).
- Thermal resistances (parallel, series).
- Conduction (modelling requirements, 1D steady-state, lumped transients).
- Heat exchanger design.

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics:
- Momentum equation and applications of momentum equation.
- Laminar and turbulent pipe flow.
- Reynolds number and transition.
- Friction factors for laminar and turbulent flow (Moody diagram).
- Local losses and pipe systems.

Sustainable Energy Management:
- Introduction to energy efficiency methods and energy conservation technologies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion28:0016:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion400:3020:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture661:0066:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester examination.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Extended activity (laboratory) to apply taught material, develop professional skills
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures (with supporting problem classes) convey the underlying engineering sciences and their application methodologies.

Design assignments (heat transfer, thermodynamics or fluid mechanics) and practical activity (cooling tower, air conditioning, heat transfer or fluid flow) focus on the ability to transfer underpinning knowledge and understanding into engineering application within an industrial context.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M20Two laboratory reports (max 7.5 hours).
Design/Creative proj2M202 design reports at 10% (approx 1000 words each).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

End of module examination assesses synoptic understanding and problem-solving skills under time constraint as required in industry.

Case study, design assignments and practical enable more realistic engineering problems to be set and integrate specific content with generic information acquisition, data analysis and reporting skills.

Reading Lists