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Thermo-fluid Applications 1

Module summary

Module code: MECH1060
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering Science
Module Coordinator(s): Samueal Mengistu / Stefan Zigan



The aim of this course is to equip students with the knowledge required to work as process engineers e.g. in the energy or waste water sector. Relevant case studies are introduced each week to enhance the student learning experience by discussing theories in formal lectures and apply the relevant knowledge in tutorial/ practical exercises and lab classes. It will provide students with insights into the latest technology developments in the field of process engineering. The course will introduce fundamental laws governing thermal fluid systems under static and dynamic conditions. Students show during the course their understanding of the thermo-fluid subject and the ability to apply this knowledge in design, implementation and improvement of such thermo-fluid systems.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome
1 Explain theories and thermo-fluids concepts in an applied engineering context;

2 Analyse practical/real systems and apply thermodynamic laws appropriately;

3 Demonstrate adequate understanding of the subject to be able to approach and seek the solution to unfamiliar problems;

4 Apply basic fluid mechanic laws to find solutions for fluid based engineering problems;

5 Evaluate fluid mechanic concepts and show the capability to derive solutions for open ended questions;

6 Reflect on the outcomes of experimental/practical work and formulate appropriate conclusions;

Indicative content

Fluid Mechanics

Students will be introduces to a number of different case studies e.g. hydroelectric power plants, waste water treatment and CHP plants.

The content of the lecture/ tutorial/ practical could include following:

Fluid static: Hydrostatic forces, pressure measurement, buoyancy forces and stability of immersed and floating bodies. Introduction of multiphase flows e.g. solids and liquids.

Fluid dynamic: Control volume concept, conservation equations, laminar and turbulent flow.

Drag force and particle settling: Particle settling, different types of drag.

Measurement of Fluid Flow: Venture metre, pitot static tube, orifice metres and rotameters


A student will be introduces the importance of power generation using steam. (Fluid Section)

Introduction of simple power plant

First Law of thermodynamics: First law of thermodynamics, systems, open and closed systems, the steady flow energy equation, Applications of the non-flow and steady flow energy equations to evaluate heat and work interactions in heaters, compressors and fans, turbines and throttling valves etc...

Second Law of thermodynamics: Reversible and Irreversible process, Carnot cycle, thermodynamic heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps. Examine Carnot Cycle, determination of thermal efficiency for heat engine, refrigerator and heat pumps.

Properties of pure substances: Introduce the concept of a pure substance, use of property tables for determining thermodynamic properties, illustrate the P-v, T-s and P-T property diagram and P-v-T surfaces of pure substances, the ideal-gas equation of state

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be delivered through formal lectures, tutorial classes, and laboratory sessions. The problem based learning involves a group project which include open ended case study which is designed for students to apply the theory they learned into practice as well as developing both practical and transferable skills for example, Energy transfer in the form of heat, CHP plant investigation in terms of fluid flow and energy exchanges, laminar and turbulent flows, gas behaviours, renewable energy

Students will be presented with engineering applications of the subject including the latest technological developments in this area. The theory to support these application is delivered to enhance the understanding and knowledge of the subject. Tutorials will provide an opportunity for the students to demonstrate their new skills and knowledge through guided/ self-study tutorial examples and problem sheets.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Course work and Practical
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Observations, questioning, discussions, constructive quizzes
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment
(Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1 - 6
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 30%
Pass Mark: 30%, 40% overall
Page Length: 7 pages
Outline Details: Course work including: Case studies, technical discussions, presentations.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Examination
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Practical exam papers
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment
(Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1 - 6
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 70%
Pass Mark: 30%, 40% overall
Outline Details: 3 hours unseen closed book examination.

Students are required to pass all components in order to pass the course.