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Module

MEC2003 : Applications of Thermofluid Dynamics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty
  • Lecturer: Dr Prodip Das, Dr Richard Whalley
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim is to provide a broadly-based extension of core knowledge and skills in this field of engineering science, with applications of more advanced thermofluid dynamics for students who have studied this topic at university level for at least one year previously, covering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and turbomachines.

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, Radiation 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Synchronous teaching sessions (Sem 2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion56:0030:00Recommended revision for assessments, assuming prior regular independent study through teaching
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion42:008:00Timed Numbas Tests (Sem 1 and 2)
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion10:300:30Non-Synchronous session (Sem 2)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1139:30139:30Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time181:0018:00Synchronous online presentation of syllabus Sem 1&2 - Incl. skills demonstration, formative feedback
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion21:002:00Synchronous session for Q&A (Sem 2)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Student should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M10Project work on use of software in cycle analysis (10 hours).
Computer assessment1M452 x NUMBAS tests (2hr duration) worth 22.5% each - 1 in week 6 and 1 in week 9.
Computer assessment2M452 x NUMBAS tests (2 hr duration) worth 22.5% each - 1 in week 27 and 1 in week 34.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The NUMBAS tests provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.
The report uses software to allow more realistic and complex problems to be analysed.

Reading Lists

Timetable