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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE0106
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: PACKWOOD AR Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Unseen examination (end Semester 1)




Coursework  - Multiple choice test (Week 11 Semester 1)






Qualifying Condition(s)


An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview

First year common module in thermo-fluids for MMA+Chem Eng


Civ Eng take Fluids part only as part of ENG1049 - Fluid Mechanics 1.  


This module is supported by ULEARN.



FLUID MECHANICS: The basic concepts underlying fluid flows and behaviour are described together with simple fluid properties. The calculation of static fluid forces is the starting point before moving to dynamic fluid effects including mass-flow and energy conservation.


THERMODYNAMICS:  The basic principles of heat and work transfer are described and system thermal efficiency. Thermal properties of working fluids (both liquids and gases) are described. The 1st law of thermodynamics is introduced with applications to processes and cycles for closed and steady-flow systems.








Programme admission to the 1st year of the degree programme

Module Aims

To provide students with


·         a knowledge of basic fluid properties


·         an understanding of principles of fluid statics and simple fluid dynamics


·        a knowledge of basic assumptions underlying massflow and energy balances


·         the ability to calculate thermal properties of fluids


·         a knowledge of the 1st law and its application


Learning Outcomes



Upon successful completion of the module, you will  be able to:


·         understand the fundamental concepts of both hydrostatics and simple fluid dynamics


·         calculate hydrostatic pressure forces on submerged surfaces


·         calculate effects of laminar viscosity


·         understand the rational, constraints and application of the first law of thermodynamics


·         demonstrate confidence and competence in performing basic calculations using the Bernoulli and Steady Flow Energy Equations


·         use simple property tables and charts and equations relavent to Perfect gasses


·         conduct simple first law analysis of open and closed thermodynamic systems




Module Content


Fluid Mechanics


            Fluid properties


            Hydrostatics (forces on surfaces, submerged bodies, valves, gates etc)


            Buoyancy (stability of submerged and floating bodies; bubbles and particles)


            Fluid kinematics (streamlines and continuity)


            Fluid dynamics


                  (Bernoulli’s equation, flow through orifices, venturi meter, weirs and notches)






            Introduction to thermodynamics – work & heat transfer


            Ideal fluids, ideal and real PVT diagrams


            First law  – for closed systems, internal energy. Applications


            Steady flow energy equation, enthalpy, Cp and Cv


           Applications to power plant (PV diagrams)














Methods of Teaching/Learning

20 hours lectures, 20 hours examples classes (equally divided between the two components), 58 hours independent learning. 
2 hour written exam 

Total student learning time 100 hours

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Purchase


Rogers GFC and Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)



Recommended reading




Cengel, Turner & Cimbala, Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences, 3rd ed, McGraw-Hill


Cengel & Boles, Thermodynamics - an engineering approach, 5th ed, McGraw-Hill


Potter & Scott, Thermal Sciences, Thompson


Moran, Shapiro, Munson & Dewitt, Introduction to Thermal Systems Engineering”, Wiley





Cengel & Cimbala, Fluid Mechanics – Fundamentals and Applications, McGraw-Hill, 2006.


Douglas J, Gasiorek JM and Swaffield JA, Fluid Mechanics, 5th ed, Prentice Hall, 2005.  (ISBN 0-13-129293-5)


Munson B, Young DF and Okiishi TH, Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, 4th ed, Wiley, 2001. (ISBN 04714 4250X)

Last Updated

08 October 2009