Short Title:Thermal Energy Analysis
Full Title:Thermal Energy Analysis
Module Code:TENA H1001
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Electricity and energy
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Author:NOEL CLEARY
Module Description:This module aims to equip students with the ability to use fundamental thermodynamic concepts to carry out thermodynamic analysis of thermal energy components and systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain terminology and concepts specific to thermodynamics.
LO2 Evaluate key thermodynamic properties of air and water using property tables.
LO3 Explain the 1st law of thermodynamics and use it to evaluate energy transfers for simple thermodynamic systems.
LO4 Explain the 2nd law of thermodynamics and evaluate the ideal efficiency and actual efficiency of heat engines and heat pumps.
LO5 Apply heat transfer theory to the evaluation of heat transfer rates for cases involving conduction, convection and radiation.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Introduction to energy systems
An overview of thermal energy systems and their roles in industry, utilities, transport, commercial and the domestic environment. The principles of conservation of energy and mass as applied to thermodynamic systems. Calorific values and their evaluation for common fuels
Terminology and basic concepts
Internal energy enthalpy, specific heat capacity, saturation temperature, latent heat, superheat, sub-cooling, dryness fraction. The measurement of temperature, charts and tables, use of steam tables.
The 1st Law with applications
The principles of conservation of energy and mass as applied to thermodynamic systems. An introduction to the 1st Law of Thermodynamics and its application to steady flow, steady state cases. Application of the 1st Law to common elements of thermodynamic systems, turbines, compressors, nozzles and heat exchangers as steady flow devices. Development of the concept of an energy balance and its application to energy transfer equipment
The 2nd Law and its consequences
The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics in words and what it means for real energy systems. Heat engines and heat pumps, efficiency and coefficient of performance. Ideal or Carnot performance, Factors that influence real performance.
Introduction to heat transfer
Modes of heat transfer, conduction, convection and radiation and their application to specific common cases. Fourier’s and Newton’s Laws, thermal conductivity and diffusivity. Convective coefficients and factors that influence convective heat transfer. Combined modes of heat transfer. Analysis of basic heat transfer cases for all three modes.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Laboratory Lab practical to apply 1st Law to a steady flow system 1,2,3 10.00 Week 6
Laboratory Lab practical on performance of a heat pump 2,3,4,5 10.00 Week 7
Laboratory Lab practical on linear and radial heat conduction 3,4,5 10.00 Week 8
Continuous Assessment CA Moodle Quiz 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 Week 11
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classwork 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Laboratories Practical laboratory Work 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Time Outside of Class 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Tutorial support on selected problems 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Yunus A. Cengel, Michael A. Boles, 2007, Thermodynamics, 6th Ed., USA [ISBN: 978-0073305370]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Roger & Mayhew 1995, Thermodynamic and Transport Properties of Fluids, 5th ed Ed., Blackwell
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_EAEEE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 2 Mandatory
TA_EAEEE_D Bachelor of Engineering in Energy and Environmental Engineering 2 Mandatory