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MEC8062 : Turbulent Fluid Flow and Modelling

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

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To introduce students to the physics of fluid turbulence, mathematical modelling of turbulent fluid motion in free shear layers, boundary layers and internal flows, influence of turbulence on scalar transport (i.e. heat and mass transfer), closure problem of turbulence and the need for turbulence modelling. The students will also be given introductions to different computational methodologies for the analysis of turbulent flows along with their advantages and limitations. They will also be introduced to experimental diagnostics of turbulent flows with their advantages and limitations.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover

- Introduction to fluid turbulence: Statistical description and length and time scales of turbulence; Governing equations and concepts of Reynolds and Favre averaging and turbulent kinetic energy spectrum, closure problem of turbulence, physics of turbulent transport

- Turbulent flow behaviours: Free shear flows (e.g. jets, shear layers, wakes); Turbulent boundary layer

- Computational modelling of turbulent flows: Simulation methodologies of turbulent flows; different methodologies of turbulence modelling with their advantages and limitations

- Experimental analyses of turbulent flows: Different experimental diagnostic methods with their advantages and limitations

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:0040:00Target non-timetable hours for self-study and complete coursework assignment submissions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Examination revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture93:0027:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback etc
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical31:003:00Laboratory demonstration of different experimental methods
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading522:00104:00Includes background reading and review of lecture notes for a full understanding of reading material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Tutorials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Directed study and the formal lectures will provide an effective method for students to assimilate the knowledge content, define the scope of the syllabus topics and attain the required knowledge and skill outcomes. The directed study allows students to work through material at their own pace allowing them to develop an in-depth understanding of the material.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A40N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M30Use of experimental and simulation data and their interpretation
Case study2M30Assessment of turbulence models
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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