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Module Title Thermodynamics and Fluids
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Mechanical Engineering
Module Code 04 23809
Module Lead Dr A. Tsolakis
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Pre-requisites Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer - (04 28606)
Restrictions Compulsory for:
4743 BEng / MEng Engineering with Business Management
0385 BEng / MEng Mechanical Engineering
7577 BEng / MEng Mechanical Engineering (Automotive)
7501 BEng Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical)
7502 MEng Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical)
Contact Hours Lecture-32 hours
Tutorial-8 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-12 hours
Guided independent study-148 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The aim of the module is to:
  • introduce fluid mechanics of real incompressible internal and external flows (following on from frictionless flows and basic hydraulics) including the basics of boundary layer concept, friction in flow, drag, lubrication, flow separation, form drag and lift, basic mechanics of flying and sailing. This is followed by an introduction to 2 and 3 dimensional conservation equations including Navier-Stokes;
  • introduce the various ideal thermodynamic cycles that form the basis for power generation, heat pumping and refrigeration. It will also emphasise the difference between the actual and ideal cycles and methods of enhancing the performance of actual cycles.
The module will also introduce fuels, including biofuels and the basic chemistry of combustion and IC Engines performance.

Semester 1 - Heat Engines and Heat Pumps:
a) Second Law of Thermodynamics, Concept of heat engines and heat pumps
b) Ideal single phase heat engine cycles, Otto, Diesel, Gas Turbines Cycle (Brayton)
c) Two Phase fluid properties, Ideal Two phase heat engine cycle, Simple Rankine Cycle
d) Complex steam Power plant cycles
e) Vapor Compression refrigeration and heat pump cycles

Semester 1 - Combustion, Engines and Emissions:
a) Mixtures
b) Combustion - stoichiometry, thermal effects, flame temperature
c) ICE Engines - basic performance calculations
d) Fuel and biofuels

Semester 2:
a) Revision of friction in internal flows
b) Introduction to Boundary Layer
c) Friction in external flows,
d) Drag on flat plate
e) Lubrication.
f) Separation, Form drag, lift, induced drag, polar diagrams
g) Flying and sailing
h) Conservation Eqns, introduction to Navier-Stokes
i) Introduction to "cold" CFD methodology
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in mechanical and related engineering disciplines, to enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering context and to support their understanding of future developments and technologies. [US1]
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles necessary to underpin their education in mechanical and related engineering disciplines and to enable them to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems. [US2]
  • Understand engineering principles and apply them to analyse key engineering processes. [E1]
  • Identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques. [E2]
  • Apply quantitative methods relevant to mechanical and related engineering disciplines, to solve engineering problems. [E3]
  • Understand and apply a systems approach to engineering problems. [E4]
  • Understand the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development. [S3]
  • Understand the use of technical literature and other information sources. [P4]
  • Demonstrate engineering workshop and laboratory skills. [P2]
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of characteristics of particular equipment, processes or products. [P1]
Assessment 23809-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
23809-02 : Coursework Timed : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
(40%) Timed continuous assessment
(10%) Assessment of laboratory work (mid-point of module)
(50%) 2-hour Closed book centrally timetabled exam in May/June assessment period (replaced by online assessment if closed book exam not possible)

Reassessment to match the main assessment method with due consideration made to any restrictions imposed at the time of reassessment. Students can carry forward passed assessment components from main assessment.
Other Duplicate of Dubai-based module 30335
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