SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H324808
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M1H306587 Mechanical Principles B or equivalent

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide students with a foundation in the knowledge of thermal-fluid science (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer) and how to apply them to the design and analysis of engineering systems. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 57%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 15%, which is represented by Coursework 2.


Revision: Revision of 1st law (closed systems) and gas properties, first law applied to steady flow processes - SFEE Properties of Pure Substances: Pure Substance, Phases of a Pure Substance, Phase-Change Processes of Pure Substances, Property Diagrams for Phase-Change Processes, Property Tables, The Ideal-Gas Equation of State, Compressibility Factor-A Measure of Deviation from Ideal-Gas Behaviour, Other Equations of State (Van der Waals Equation of State). The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Introduction to the Second Law, Thermal Energy Reservoirs,Heat Engines, The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Kelvin-Planck Statement, Refrigerators and Heat Pumps, The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Clausius Statement, Perpetual-Motion Machines, Reversible and Irreversible Processes, The Carnot Cycle and the Reversed Carnot Cycle, The Carnot Principles, The Thermodynamic Temperature Scale, The Carnot Heat Engine, The Carnot Refrigerator and Heat Pump. Vapour power cycles: Carnot; Rankine cycle with superheat performance parameters and characteristics IC Engines: air standard Otto, Joule, Diesel cycles, performance parameters and characteristics. Energy transfer for incompressible flow: The general energy equation for incompressible flow, relationship between specific energy, head and pressure, friction losses, Reynolds experiment, Reynolds number, Boundary-Layers; Laminar and turbulent boundary-layer approximations. Darcy equation, Moody chart, minor losses such as abrupt contraction/enlargement, entry and exit losses and losses in bends and fittings. Solve problems for incompressible flow of fluid through circular pipes including power calculation for pumps and turbines. Basic characteristics of renewable hydropower. Flow measurement devices: Methods of measurement of fluid flow and velocity, Pitot tube, Pitot-static tube Orifice plate and Venturi meter. Heat transfer: Modes of heat transfer, heat transfer by conduction, one dimensional steady state heat Fourier's law of heat transfer, coefficient of thermal conductivity, thermal resistance, surface heat transfer coefficient, overall heat transfer coefficient, problems involving transfer through composite plane walls and composite cylinders. Heat transfer by convection, simple convective coefficient, equation and resistance contribution. Relative magnitudes of convection rates in practical cases. Brief introduction to heat transfer by radiation

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. To understand and apply the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and to support understanding of future developments in energy conversion systems. 2. To be able to understand the concept of a heat engine and apply the principles of the Second Law of thermodynamics 3. Recognise the significance of the Carnot cycle and evaluate basic ideal vapour and gas power cycles.4. To be able to evaluate energy transfer for incompressible flow in basic pipework systems including energy losses caused by pipe fittings and friction. 5. To be able to apply the laws relating to one dimensional steady state heat transfer involving heat transfer through composite plane walls and composite cylinders

Teaching / Learning Strategy

To support the student learning experience this module's lectures and seminars are carefully structured to present a consistent and logical progression of topics and concepts. The lecture delivery will be enhanced by a variety of forms including, where appropriate, computer based animations and other multimedia forms. The students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning within the work place and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment. Feedback will be provided to students as follows: Students will be provided with feedback within two weeks of submission of all summative assessments providing information on strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for corrective action. Student feedback on teaching, learning and assessment will be sought at the end of the semester through a module evaluation questionnaire. Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning to the workplace.

Indicative Reading

1. Eastop, T. D. and McConkey, A. (1993) Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists (5th ed.) Longman, ISBN 0470219823 2. Rogers, G. and Mayhew, Y. R. (1996) Thermodynamic and Transport Properties of Fluids (5th ed.), Basil Blackwell, ISBN 0631197036 3. Hickson, D. C. and Taylor, F. R. (1991) Enthalpy-Entropy Diagram for Steam 2nd edition, Wiley-Blackwell. 4. White, F. (1999) Fluid Mechanics, (4th ed.), McGraw Hill, London, ISBN 0071168486 5. Holman J. (1999) Heat Transfer, (7th ed.), McGraw Hill, ISBN 0071126449 6. Yunus A Cengel & Robert H Turner (2001) Fundamentals of Engineering of Thermal-Fluid Sciences McGraw Hill, ISBN 0-07-1181152-0 7. Cengel and Boles (2008) Thermodynamics - An Engineering Approach (SI Units), McGraw Hill, ISBN 978-007-125771-8 8. Moran, M.J. & Shapiro, H.N. (2004) Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, 5/e, John Wiley & Sons; (Chapters 1 - 8) 9. Moran, M.J. & Shapiro, H.N. (2004) Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics Student Problem Set Supplement, 5/e, John Wiley & Sons Cengel, Y.A. & Boles, M. (2006) Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach 5/e, McGraw Hill (Chapters 1- 8) 10. Sonntag, R.E., Borgnakke, C. & Van Wylen, G.J. (2002) Fundamentals of Thermodynamics 6/e, John Wiley & Sons (Chapters 1 - 10) 11. Sonntag, R.E., Borgnakke, C, & Van Wylen, G.J. (2004) Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, Work Example Supplement, 6/e, John Wiley & Sons

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving, Communication Skills: Written, Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Seminars (FT) 8.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 15.00 35% Technical Report (750 words or equivalent)
Coursework 2 n/a 15.00 35% Technical Report (750 words or equivalent)
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Final Exam