MECHENG 713 : Energy Technology


2024 Semester One (1243) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Industrial thermodynamics and energy conversion/efficiency, power cycles, availability and irreversibility, simple combustion analysis, mass transfer, energy studies, boiling and condensation.

Course Overview

              1. Energy Studies [ES] (3 x 1-hr lectures)
              2. Transient Conduction Heat Transfer (3 x 1-hr lectures)
              3. Boiling Heat Transfer (3 x 1-hr lectures)
              4. Condensation Heat Transfer (3 x 1-hr lectures)
              5. Mass Transfer Fundamentals, Concentration (3 x 1-hr lectures)
              6. Steady and Transient Mass Diffusion (3 x 1-hr lectures)
              7. Heat and Mass Convection 4 x 1-hr lectures)
              8. Combined Heat and Mass Transfer (2 x 1-hr lectures)
              9. Thermal Power Generation [TPG] (3 x 1-hr lectures)
              10. Thermal Power Generation [TPG] (3 x 1-hr lectures)
              11. TPG, Refrigeration Cyc., Combustion (3 x 1-hr lectures)
              12. Availability, Irreversibility, Exergy (3 x 1-hr lectures)

              Air compressor

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: MECHENG 311

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate and reflect on Energy Studies: Ability to understand, assess and question events regularly reported in the news medium. (Capability 2.1, 6.1 and 8.2)
  2. Analyse Transient Conduction: Calculate heat transfer using the lumped capacitance method and Heisler charts, and be aware of numerical methods available. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  3. Analyse and interpret Boiling and Condensation: Understand and be able to model in pool boiling and film condensation. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  4. Evaluate Binary Systems: Calculate the properties of mixtures of gasses and liquids and concentrations at phase boundaries. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  5. Analyse and apply Diffusive and convective mass transfer: Able to calculate rate of mass transfer for convection/diffusion by analogy with heat transfer, and rates for simple catalytic reactions. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  6. Explain, evaluate and apply Industrial applications for mass transfer: Able to describe mass exchanger devices, such as humidifiers and cooling towers, and be able to evaluate their effectiveness. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  7. Explain and critically evaluate Availability and Irreversibility: Able to explain or describe limitations on thermodynamic processes (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  8. Analyse and evaluate Thermal Power Generation: Analysis of a complete thermal power plant to understand the interaction of different design constraints. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment / project 40% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 60% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Assignment / project
Final Exam

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, each week you can expect 3 hours of lectures, and 7 hours of thinking about content, and working  on problem sheets and assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including seminars/tutorials/labs/ will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

              3 x 1-hour lectures per week, over 12 weeks. 

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Useful References:
[1] D.J.C. MacKay, Sustainable Energy- without the hot air, UIT Cambridge Ltd, 2009. Free download from: 
The lectures on Energy Studies will closely follow some of the chapters in this book.

[2] W. Shepherd and D.W. Shepherd, Energy Studies, 2nd Edn. Imperial College Press, London, Distributed by World Scientific Publishing Co., 2003. 

[3] Y.A. Çengel, J.M. Cimbala, R.H. Turner, Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences, 4th Edn., McGraw-Hill, 2012. 

[4] Y.A. Çengel, A.J. Ghajar, Heat and Mass Transfer: a Practical Approach, 3rd Edn., McGraw-Hill, 2007. 

[5] A.F. Mills, Mass Transfer, Prentice-Hall, 2001. 

[6] F.P. Incropera and D.P. DeWitt, Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 5th Edn., Wiley, 2002. 

[7] Y.A. Çengel and M.A. Boles, Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, 7th Edn., Wiley, 2011.

Health & Safety

Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety section of the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Students tend to prefer assignments on each of the topics, so the coursework focuses on application of the theory to real problems, e.g. thermal power generation, transient heat conduction, etc. The problem sheets are also made available, and are complimentary to the assignments. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 27/11/2023 09:41 a.m.