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Engineering Thermofluids

Module Aims

  • The overall module aim is to develop the abilities to understand, model and analyse heat transfer and fluid flow and apply these to engineering systems.
  • The module incorporates two components of thermal fluid sciences - heat transfer engineering and fluid mechanics.
    • The heat transfer component will cover different heat transfer modes, formulating them in order to analyse steady-state and transient behaviour of the bodies subjected to thermal gradients. Thermal resistance approach, heat capacity and the lumped mass approximation are dealt with by both analytical and numerical methods.
    • The fluid mechanics component includes the flow properties, Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, the principles of conservation of mass and momentum, laminar and turbulent flows, pipe flows, flow resistance, friction and losses in pipes, ducts and fittings for case of fluids in motion.

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Describe the concepts and equations governing heat transfer.
  • Model and solve both steady-state and transient heat transfer problems of engineering importance.
  • Understand the basic concepts of fluid mechanics.
  • Apply the continuity, momentum and Bernoulli's equations to engineering problems.
  • Use dimensional analysis.
  • Calculate the pressure losses in duct/pipe flows.