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ZUG3037 – Thermal Machinery for Industrial Application

Undergraduate – Module

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Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 2, 2020 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 2, 2021 (Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 7


The module is aimed at applying basic thermodynamics principles to the operation of thermal machines used in the variety of industrial applications. It demonstrates how energy conservation comparisons of different thermal machines must be done. It is here where the Thermodynamic properties of fluid systems are used as the source of energy.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand the types of reciprocating compressors
2Determine efficiencies of positive displacement compressors
3Analyse and solve piston engine cycle problems
4Analyse and solve gas turbine cycle problems
5Analyse and solve steam power cycle problems
6Analyse and solve combined cycle problems
7Analyse and solve refrigeration cycle problems


Coursework assessment: 25%
Examination: 75%

Workload requirements

The purpose of this module is to show how thermodynamics principles can be utilised to determine the behaviour of thermal machinery such as gas compressors, piston engines, gas turbines, jet engines, refrigeration plants and steam power plants.There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements, and class tests. All outcomes will be assessed by means class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Thermodynamics: Properties of Fluids