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Unit information: Thermofluids 2 in 2020/21

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Unit name Thermofluids 2
Unit code MENG20600
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Gilbertson
Open unit status Not open

Engineering Mathematics EMAT10100, Thermodynamics 1 MENG11202 and Fluids 1 AENG11101, or equivalent


Engineering Mathematics 2 EMAT20200

School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This course aims to equip students with the skills and the knowledge necessary to solve problems in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. In fluid mechanics, the framework of the subject is set out to provide a secure base from which several fundamental fluid flows and concepts can be explored. The general approach is to enable students to develop further skills in the future. For thermodynamics the unit will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the operation and analysis of basic thermodynamic machines and systems, such as turbines, refrigerators, steam cycles, air conditioning and combustion, based upon a thorough knowledge of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. It also provides an appreciation of the importance of the basic modes of heat transfer and the ability to analyse simple heat transfer problems (including simple heat-exchanger design) in an engineering context.


The course will generalise the simple methods for thermodynamics and fluid mechanics already possessed by the students, and allow them to model engineering systems. The simplifications necessary to make the equations tractable and the methods that can be used subsequently will be covered. An important aspect of the element is the appreciation of the limitations that result from these simplifications.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Recognise and describe the basic frameworks of thermofluids and the characteristics of different types of fluid and energy flows;
  2. Describe the relationships between different types of flow and energy transfer ( the associated assumptions and fundamental science are important);
  3. Explain the limitations of the different approaches to calculating flows;
  4. Analyse engineering problems, such as sizing equipment or identifying fluid forces, by making simplifying assumptions and selecting suitable calculation approaches .
  5. Implement calculation procedures

Teaching details

Learning material including videos, notes and narrated lectures will be made available to the students online. Where possible, face to face activities may take place

Assessment Details

The unit will be assessed using a single summative examination. Feedback will be provided to students via formative assessment elements during the year.

Reading and References

  • Massey, B. & Ward-Smith, A.J., Mechanics of Fluids, (2012), 9th ed., London Spon. ISBN-10: 0415602600. ISBN-13: 9780415602600. Classmark: TA357 MAS. – Core Text for Thermofluids
  • White, F., Fluid Mechanics, (2016), 8th ed., McGraw-Hill. ISBN-10: 9814720178. ISBN-13: 9789814720175. Classmark: TA357 WHI
  • Alexandrou, A., Principles of Fluid Mechanics, (2001), Prentice Hall. ISBN-10: 013801762x. ISBN-13: 9780138017620. Classmark: TA357 ALE
  • Rogers, G. & Mayhew, Y., Thermodynamic & Transport Properties of Fluids. (1994), 5th ed., Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN-10: 0631197036. ISBN-13: 9780631197034. Classmark; Pamphlet
  • Rogers, G. & Mayhew, Y., Engineering Thermodynamics: Work and Heat Transfer, (1992), 4th ed., Longman Scientific & Technical. ISBN-10: 0582045665. ISBN-13: 9780582045668. Claamark: TJ265 ROG. – Core Text for Thermofluids
  • Cengel, Y.A. & Boles, M., Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach. (2008), 6th ed., McGraw-Hill. ISBN-10: 0073305375. ISBN-13: 9780073305370. Classmark: TJ265 CEN.

Copies of lecture materials and coursework can be found on the Blackboard site