The aim of this module is to provide the opportunity for the students to study advanced aspects of Mechanical Engineering. The module specifically focuses on two areas, namely: knowledge and understanding of the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics; as well as the understanding and knowledge of the study of advanced aspects of thermal systems phenomena.

The module will develop the students understanding of the theory of these two areas but will also provide an opportunity for students to develop their ability to apply this knowledge to engineering problems. In the thermal systems part of the module the students will be able to apply their CAE skills on an individual and a group project, creating their own engineering software, that requires the integration of knowledge and skills accumulated in the programme of study.

2. Impact mechanics and stress waves - Suddenly applied loads, impact loads. The effects of high strain rates, high-velocity impact, effect on material properties, stress waves.

3. Advanced dynamics – Kinematics and Kinetics of rigid bodies moving in 3D space, angular velocities and accelerations, general and relative motion, inertia, force and torque for rigid bodies in 3D space, angular momentum, Euler equations.

Advanced Thermal Systems

4. Theory of conduction heat transfer

5. Theory of laminar and turbulent boundary layers.

6. Theory of convective heat transfer

7. 3-dimensional flows: Navier-Stokes equation, "cold" CFD, energy equation

8. Two-phase flows, sprays, evaporation

9. Intro to CFD modelling including energy equations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of and perform derivations of the equations of motion of dynamic systems using generalised coordinates and the Euler-Lagrange equation.

Understand one dimensional stress waves, describe material behaviour associated with high strain rate deformation, and determine stresses due to impact.

Have a comprehensive understanding of key physical concepts, such as inertial force, angular momentum, gyroscopic forces, and be able to express them mathematically using vector notation.

Formulate the equations of motion of any reasonably complex, three-dimensional mechanical system consisting of rigid bodies and other discrete elements that are rotating and translating.

Solve the above analytically in simple cases.

Demonstrate a wide knowledge and understanding of mathematical and scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin advanced aspects of thermal systems.

Critically analyse the thermofluids design process of a non-linear momentum and heat transfer system and critically evaluate the outcomes.

Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to critically analyse advanced thermal systems.

Demonstrate a wide knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of advanced thermal systems.

Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied to advanced thermal systems.

Assessment

Assessment Methods & Exceptions

Assessment: 50% Exam / 50% coursework
One 2 hour formal written unseen examination (50%) to be held during the University's main summer examination period, this will cover the Advanced Mechanics aspects of the course.
50% continuous assessment, covering the Advanced Thermal Systems aspects of the course, comprising: An individual project report (60%) and A group project poster (40%)

Reassessment: Reassessment will normally only be allowed for students on the following programmes:

Reassessment will only apply for the failed component. The mark will be carried forward for the passed component.
One 2-hour formal written examination (50%) to be held during the University's supplementary examination period and/or assessment of coursework (50%), as relevant.