Module Catalogue

EEE3205 : Thermofluid Dynamics

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Khalid Abidi
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim is to provide broadly-based core knowledge and skills in this field of engineering science, covering thermodynamics fluid mechanics and turbo machines.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Thermodynamics: Carnot cycle, second law of thermodynamics, Kelvin-Planck and Clausius statements, origin of irreversibilities, entropy, TdS relationships, properties of liquids and gases, process and cycle representation on T-s and h-s charts; turbines, compressors and isentropic efficiency; simple steam and gas turbine cycles (Rankine and Brayton), refrigeration cycles, combined cycles.
•       Heat Transfer: Conduction and convection, introduction to heat exchanges.
•       Mechanics of Fluids: Control volume linear momentum equation, momentum function and applications (reaction, propulsion etc.). Dimensional analysis and similarity, scale modelling; Laminar and turbulent pipe flow, Reynolds number and transition; Pipe flow resistance, friction factor and Darcy-Weisbach equation, friction factors for laminar and turbulent pipe flows (Moody diagram), local losses; pipe systems, losses in series, energy line and hydraulic gradient.
•       Fluid Machinery: Turbomachinery: principles of energy exchange, machine losses and characteristics; interaction with external system and operating point; non-dimensional groups. Cavitation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00Revision for final examination.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30Final examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:0020:00Completion of coursework.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Computing practical class.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study196:3096:30Personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering sciences and the approaches required to apply these to the discipline specific problems identified. They also support the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed.
Use of software in the projects enables students to investigate more complex (and thus realistic) problems than would be practical by hand calculation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M30Design report.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical knowledge and understanding and problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry. The Design Report develops research skills and the ability to utilise relevant information from different sources.

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