MEC1007 : Fundamentals of Thermofluid Dynamics
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Aspden
- Lecturer: Dr Prodip Das
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||5|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||60||0:30||30:00||Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||3:00||3:00||Preparation of experimental lab report|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||60||1:00||60:00||Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||1:30||3:00||End of Semester examinations.|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||3:00||3:00||Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||2:00||2:00||Extended activity (laboratory) to apply taught material, develop professional skills.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||2:00||2:00||Computing|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||1:00||11:00||Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||24||1:30||36:00||Recommended 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||10||Group report on practical lab (up to 3000 words).|
|Report||2||M||10||Computer 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