This online course will help you to develop a sound understanding in the theory and application of thermodynamics, especially as related to heat engines, process and environment heating/cooling.
The course will cover the following
- Gas cycles, power, efficiency, work
- Engines, operation principles, pressure charging, trials, indicated and brake power
- Steam and gas turbines, principles, application of cycles, constructional features, heat exchanger effectiveness
- Energy conservation and environmental effects
- Conservation in plant, waste heat recovery, overall efficiencies, co-generation plants
- Process heat, heat sources and energy transport systems, applications to process plants
- Steam generating plant and cycles, boiler types, feed systems and components, feed water contamination and treatment, boiler efficiencies
- HVAC systems, humidity, heating cooling loads, Load line, recycle air, fresh air, plant layout
- Fuels and combustion calculations, chemical equations, air/fuel ratios, analysis of exhaust gases, solid, liquid and gaseous fuels, preparation of fuels for use, fuel storage and application
- Air compressors, Inter cooling, Volumetric efficiency
On successful completion of this course, you should be able to
- Demonstrate an understanding of the laws of thermodynamics
- Analyse common Internal combustion engine cycles and explain their operation and their effects on the environment
- Demonstrate an understanding of process heating/cooling systems
- Explain nozzle terminology, calculate velocities and pressures
- Outline HVAC system operation and equipment and determine heating, cooling and dehumidifying loads
- Determine air/fuel ratios and exhaust analysis for common fuels and describe handling requirements
- Internal assessment 50%
- Examination 50%
For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.
Assessment for this course includes an examination
Open Polytechnic will, subject to you meeting the entry requirements for this course/programme, enrol you in this course.
Your enrolment in the course means that you should expect to complete an in-person examination.Learn more
There is a textbook required for this course: Thermodynamics – An Engineering Approach Cengel and Boles ISBN: 9780073398174
Visit our textbook page for more information.
A 2 ½ day practical Laboratory held in Wellington is a requirement for this course.
Trimester 1 Laboratories will be held during the term 1 school holidays,
Trimester 2 Laboratories will be during the term 3 school holidays.
Your lecturer/tutor will confirm the actual dates within the first week of the trimester, however you can click here for school holiday dates to give you a guideline for planning.
Computer and internet requirements
To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.
How to enrol
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
- choose the qualification you will study the course under
- check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.
You can do this course as part of these qualifications:
Certificate of Proficiency
Course availability over the next 12 months