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MEC3032 : Advanced Thermofluid Dynamics

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Umair Ahmed
  • Lecturer: Dr Richard Whalley
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To introduce students to the governing equation for fluid motion (i.e. Euler and Navier-Stokes equations)

To introduce students to the internal (i.e. pipes and other ducts) and external viscous fluid flows (e.g. flat plate boundary layer)

To introduce students to the concept of the boundary layer.

To be familiar with the properties of real fluids (e.g. familiarity with steam tables and refrigeration tables) and the corresponding p-v, T-s and h-s diagrams

To enable students to carry out the thermodynamic cycle analysis involving real fluids (e.g. Rankine cycle and its variations and refrigeration cycle)

To introduce the concepts of simple compressible fluid motion (e.g. convergent-divergent nozzle)

Outline Of Syllabus

Fluid Dynamics

* Introduction to governing equations of fluid flows with implications for Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids

* Application of governing equations for solving internal flow problems (e.g. Couette flow, Channel flow, pipe flow).

* Application of governing equations for solving external flow problems (e.g. flat plate boundary layer).

* Simplification of Navier-Stokes equations for boundary layers and concepts of displacement and momentum thicknesses and shape factor

* Integral description of boundary layer


* P-v, T-s and h-s diagrams for real fluids (e.g. steam and R-134a)

* Introduction to Rankine cycle: Effects of superheating, reheating, isentropic efficiencies of turbine and pump, regeneration/cogeneration, 1st and 2nd law efficiencies

* Introduction to refrigeration cycle: Effects of isentropic efficiency of the compressor; Coefficient of performance and coefficient of refrigeration

Thermo-fluid dynamics

* Introduction to continuity relation for compressible flows (i.e. area and velocity relation with respect to Mach number)

* Governing equations for compressible fluid motion (e.g. acoustic speed, steady-flow energy equation and limit of applicability of Bernoulli’s equation in terms of Mach number)

* Isentropic flow and compressible flow charts

* Flow in convergent-divergent nozzles

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:3015:30Target non-timetable hours for self-study and complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Struct presentation of syllabus may inc skills demo, formative feedback, etc
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00Preparation for the end-of-semester exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00Extended activity (comp cluster) to apply taught material, develop prof skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Tutorial
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study113:0033:00Lecture follow up - Recommended revision of taught material and attempting tutorial problems
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures used to introduce concepts, theory and case studies. Practical sessions for teaching the use of thermodynamic cycle analysis software and supporting coursework. Private study time to complete coursework exercise and prepare for the examination

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M30Use of software for Thermodynamic cycle analysis (max 10 pages).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Coursework exercise used to assess the ability to effectively carry out modeling and analysis. The coursework provides an appropriate way to assess practical problem-solving skills.

The examination provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem-solving skills under time constraint as required in industry.

Study abroad students considering this module should contact the School to discuss its availability and assessment.

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