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Unit information: Generic Propulsion in 2019/20

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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

  • Batchelor, G.K., An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics. (2000), Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 0521663962. ISBN-13: 9780521663960.
  • White, F., Fluid Mechanics. (2006), 6th ed., McGraw Hill. ISBN-10: 0071286454. ISBN-13: 9780071311212.
  • Incropera, F., Fundamentals of Heat & Mass Transfer. (2007), 6th ed., Wiley & Sons. ISBN-10: 0471457280. ISBN-13: 9780470175729.
  • Andrews, J. & Jelly, N., Energy Science: Principles, Technology & Impacts. (2007), Oxford University Press. ISBN-10: 0199281122. ISBN-13: 9780199281121.
  • Rogers, G. & Mayhew, Y., Engineering Thermodynamics Work & Heat Transfer. (1992), 4th ed., Longmans Scientific. ISBN-10: 0582045665. ISBN-13: 9780582045668.
  • Cohen, H., Saravanamuttoo, H., Rogers, G. & Straznicky, P., Gas Turbine Theory. (2008), 6th ed., Pearson Education. ISBN-10: 0132224372. ISBN-13: 9780132224376.
  • Lewis, R.I., Turbomachinery Performance Analysis. (1996), Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN-10: 0340631910. ISBN-13: 9781850655756.