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Unit information: Generic Propulsion in 2016/17

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Unit name Generic Propulsion
Unit code MENGM0014
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Joe Quarini
Open unit status Not open

1. A-level Physics and Mathematics (or equivalent) 2. Fluid mechanics (to 1st year undergraduate level)



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The aims of the Unit are to give clear understanding of the physics underlying propulsion and how propulsion is achieved in practice by elegant engineering devices. The course focuses on a number of specific propulsion systems enabling the student to get to grips with real-world systems, which will be of immediate and future interest and value to him/her and society.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to estimate/compute/predict

The theoretical power requirements for specific propulsion duties,
Realistic power requirements of practice engineering propulsion systems,
The student will be able to describe engineering components used at the heart of propulsion units.
The student will be able to select specific propulsion types for specific duties, and make informed decisions and choices enabling the optimisation of the complete system
The student will also be able to put propulsion into the context of a modern society, discussing the cost to the environment (e.g. carbon foot print), and societal pressures on future propulsion systems (e.g. the move from internal combustion engines through hybrid to fully electric systems)

Teaching details

24 lectures Example will be provided which the student is expected to study

Assessment Details

100% 2 hour Examination

Reading and References

An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, ISBN:0-521-66396-2, 2000

Fluid Mechanics, F White, 5th ed. McGraw Hill, ISBN:007-124343-72005

Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 5th edition, F. Incropera & D. DeWitt (Wiley), 2002

Energy Science: Principles, Technology and Impacts. J Andrews & N Jelley, Oxford University Press, ISBN:0 19 928112 1, 2007

Engineering Thermodynamics Work and Heat Transfer G Rogers & Y Mayhew, 4th ed. Longmans 1996, ISBN:0-582-04566-5

Gas Turbine Theory, H Cohen, G Rogers & H Saravanamuuto, 4th ed. Longman, ISBN:0-583-23632-0, 1996

Turbomachinery Performance Analysis, R Lewis, Arnold, ISBN:0-340-63191-0, 1996