MEC1007 : Fundamentals of Thermofluid Dynamics

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 8.0


A University first course in thermofluids for engineers with an appropriate background in mathematics and physics to introduce the students to the basic concepts and definitions of energy, heat and work, to provide the core knowledge and skills to understand and analyse Engineering Thermofluid systems, on the basis of mass and energy conservation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic Engineering Thermodynamics:
Units, dimensions and measurements; basic properties (pressure, temperature); equation of state for perfect gas; calorimetry; specific heat capacities; First Law of Thermodynamics; Steady Flow Energy Equation applied to thermal systems. Process paths, quasistatic work and heat transfer, isothermal, adiabatic and polytropic processes. Cyclic processes. Carnot cycle, cycle efficiency, model cycles. Real substances, properties of steam. Steady flow energy equation applied to steam systems. Basic computational simulation.

Mechanics of Fluids:
Description of fluids and their properties, density and specific volume, stress in a fluid. Fluid statics: pressure measurement, manometry. Fluid shear and viscosity. Newtonian Fluid. Control volume. Eulerian Model. Continuity equation. Energy equation. Bernoulli equation: incompressible flows and their measurement (orifice plate, venturi), coefficients of contraction and velocity. Engineering applications.

Introduction to scientific method, laboratory and graphical techniques. Technical Report writing.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion600:3030:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Preparation of experimental lab report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture601:0060:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:303:00End of Semester examinations.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Extended activity (laboratory) to apply taught material, develop professional skills.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Computing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study241:3036:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this 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.
- Laboratory work and computer simulation sessions allow students to attain hands-on experience in analysing and solving real engineering problems.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A40N/A
Written Examination902A40N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M10Group report on practical lab (up to 3000 words).
Report2M10Computer report. Report (in pairs) on computer lab (up to 1000 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- End of semester examinations provide an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.
- Laboratory work and computer sessions enables more realistic engineering problems to be set and may also assess data acquisition and software use skills.

For the purposes of professional body accreditation, in order to obtain a passing mark overall for this module (40%) at the first attempt the minimum acceptable mark for each of the assessment items specified below shall be 30%, with the maximum possible module overall mark where this is not the case being restricted to 35% (Undergraduate Progress Regulations):

(1) 80% Exam (Sem 1 & 2)
(2) 20% Laboratory Practical

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