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Module Code: MFE107TC
Module Title: Thermodynamics
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: School of Intelligent Manufacturing Ecosystem
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to introduce the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics and the physics of thermofluid flow processes, and to develop tools to analyse simple engineering thermofluids systems. The module also aims to lay a solid foundation for subsequent work involving civil engineering hydraulics and thermodynamics. It is used also to develop skills in the written and oral presentation of a technical subject.
Learning outcomes 
A. Describe and define the fundamental concepts and principles in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

B. Comprehend the mathematical models for fluid mechanics analysis and thermodynamics analysis.

C. Apply appropriate modelling and analytical approaches to solve problems in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics systems

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.

The material in this module is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, seminars tutorials and supervised practical sessions. General transferable skills are developed through the presentation of written and oral reports.
Topics will typically include:

Fluid Mechanics

• Definition of a fluid. Nature of fluid motion. Fluid properties. Relevance of subject and applications.

• Units and dimensions. Dimensional consistency. Dimensional analysis. Model testing and scaling: geometric and dynamic similarity.

• Hydrostatic pressure variation. Manometry. Forces on submerged bodies.
• Stability of floating bodies

• Streamlines. One-dimensional flow. Mass conservation equation.

• Momentum conservation equation. Euler's equation. Bernoulli's equation: energy interpretation. Static, stagnation and dynamic pressure. Flow meters. Pitot- and static-pressure tubes.

• Open channel flow

• Linear momentum equation. Hydrodynamic forces. Reaction forces: nozzle and elbow flow; impact on a plate or vane.


• Introduction. Thermodynamics and energy conversion.

• Basic concepts. System, thermodynamic properties and processes.
Temperature and the Zeroth law.

• Energy. Work and heat transfer. Analogy between heat and mass transfer (diffusion)

• First law of thermodynamics. Internal energy.

• Flow processes. Steady flow energy equation.

• Properties of fluids. Two property rule.

• Heat engines and reversed heat engines. Efficiency and coefficient of performance of power plant, refrigerators and heat pumps.

• Second law of thermodynamics. Reversibility and irreversibility.

• Corollaries of the Second law. Entropy
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 35  2  6  9    98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Assignment 30.00
2 Examination 70.00

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