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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 22/08/2022 15:14:42

Title of Module: Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer

Code: ENGG09040 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Chimaobi  Alutu

Summary of Module

This module advances students’ knowledge of engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer and direct them further towards applied problems encountered in the process industry in particular and engineering in general.

This module builds on the module Introduction to Thermofluids.

The module examines and applies several thermodynamic cycles, eg. the Carnot cycle, the Rankine cycle and its derivatives, the Otto cycles, the diesel cycle and the refrigeration cycle.

Boiling discusses the principles of both pool and nucleate boiling in non-flowing systems. Condensation examines both dropwise and filmwise mechanisms.

Applied heat transfer covers the design (with TEMA codes) and sizing of shell and tube heat exchangers - single and multi-pass co- and counter- current flow; LMTD correction factors, fouling resistances - plus the identification of non-tubular designs and selecting appropriate materials.

Transient heat transfer problems are solved using lumped capacitance method, analytical and graphical solutions to temperature distribution within solids.

Also discussed are pressure drop in heat exchangers, finned surfaces, contact resistances and heat exchanger rating.

Safety of thermal systems and principles of thermal relief are also discussed. Dangers of explosions and fires in pressurised systems are also covered when discussing boilers and power cycles.

The course is illustrated by appropriate experiments, carried out in groups.

During the course of this module students will develop their UWS Graduate Attributes ( ). Universal: Academic attributes - critical thinking and analytical & inquiring mind; Work-Ready: Academic attributes - safe laboratory working and presenting drawings of designed items; Successful : autonomous, driven and resilient.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Understand the different thermodynamic cycles and develop the ability to carry out calculations of engineering significance.

L2. Identify and analyse heat transfer problems using experimental, tabulated, properly cited literature and other numerical data

L3. Discuss critically the open-ended nature of selecting and sizing heat exchangers for process plant in working industry.

L4. Demonstrate ability to obtain and critically evaluate pilot plant data by set procedures and safety guidelines

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrating a broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the main areas of thermodynamics and heat transfer

Demonstrating a critical understanding of a selection of their principal theories, principles, concepts and terminology

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Use a selection of the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with industrial tasks

Use iterative multivariable techniques in design and sizing of equipment

Practice routine searches for thermophysical data of fluids

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Be able to compare suggested solutions with expected values

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use a range of IT applications to facilitate calculations and provision of report and presentations

Interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data to realize calculations in sizing of equipment

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Take some responsibility for use of appropriate data resources

Practice in ways which take account of own role and responsibilities

Work with peers on laboratory experiments and data

Work under guidance with qualified practitioners

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Introduction to Thermo-Fluids
Other:Or any other suitable engineering background
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module covers a wide variety of theoretical, conceptual and practical areas, which require a range of knowledge and skills to be displayed and exercised. Delivery of its syllabus content involves a diversity of teaching and assessment methods to achieve the learning outcomes of the module. These include formal lectures, structured tutorials (work closely integrated with the lecture material), laboratory exercises to develop practical skills and familiarisation with equipment and experimental techniques, completion and submission of written coursework making use of appropriate forms of IT and VLE, and independent study.
The hours for Lecture/Core Content Delivery include the exam and the class tests.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

F N Incropera, D P DeWitt, T. L. Bergman and A. S. Lavine, Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, 7th Edition, Wiley, 2011.

Cengel, Y. A, J M Cimbala and R H Turner, Fundamentals of Thermal Fluid Sciences, McGraw-Hill, 6th Edition, 2021

Holman, J., Heat Transfer, McGraw-Hill, 10th edition, 2018

Rogers, G. F. C and Mayhew, Y., Engineering thermodynamics : work and heat transfer, Prentice Hall, 1992

R K Sinnott and G Towler, Chemical Engineering Design: SI Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann 6th Edition, 2019

Rogers & Mayhew, Thermodynamic and Transport Properties Of Fluids, Blackwell 5th edition 1994, (ISBN = 0-631-19703-6)

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
ModeratorLi Sun
External ExaminerR Ocone
Accreditation DetailsThis module is part of the BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering programme accredited by the IChemE.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment for the module includes both formative and summative assessment.
Formative assessment is provided during lectures in the form of class exercise problems, during tutorial sessions, during laboratory sessions and as part of the preparation for written submissions.
Summative assessment includes class tests, written assessment elements, and a final exam.
Assessment will be based on the following: (a) final written exam worth 70% of the final mark, and
(b) continuous assessment worth 30% of the final mark.
The continuous assessment component in this module will consist of the following elements: (i) Heat exchanger design exercise worth 12% and (ii) practical reports worth 18% of the final mark.
Further details, and the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature, will be provided within the Module Information Pack.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Seen closed bookcheck mark check mark 702

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Design/ Diagram/ Drawing/ Photograph/ Sketch check markcheck mark 120
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebook check mark check mark1812
Combined Total For All Components100% 14 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student with appropriate engineering background, however it should be noted that in order for you to complete this module the laboratory element of coursework will require to be undertaken, special support can be provided where necessary, consequently, if special support is needed to complete this part of the module, then the University’s Health and Safety Officer should be consulted to make sure that safety in the laboratory is not compromised.

Current University Policy on Equality and Diversity applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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