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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH103P Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

To provide the link between the broad concepts of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics with the practical context that they will experience in industry. This is part of the educational sweep that will deliver the engineers of the future. The particular aims of the modules are:

  1. To introduce and reinforce basic thermodynamic and fluid mechanics principles
  2. To provide experience of developing and using model that represent simplified practical systems
  3. To give students confidence in demonstrating and using their understanding of the physical principles and systems studied.
Code: MECH103P
Alt Codes: None
Title: Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
Level: 1
UCL Credits/ECTS: 0.5/7.5
Start: January
End: April
Taught by: Dr. Helen Czerski (module coordinator)

Dr Rama Balachandran


  • MECH101P Introduction to Mechanical Engineering. Where students have not taken this module they must have an understanding of the basic concepts of Thermodynamics and Fluids covered by this module. A level physics will not be a substitute.

Method of Instruction

Lectures, example/problem sessions, Tutor-lead e-learning and student lead e-learning.


  • Final Exam (100%)

To pass this course, students must:

Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined


The course consists of two thematic and overlapping areas – thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and will build on the basics and introductory material covered in MECH101P Introduction to Mechanical Engineering.

The topics that will be taught include:


1) Application of first law of thermodynamics

2) Pure substance, real and perfect gases

3) Second law of thermodynamics

4) Reversibility

5) Entropy

6) Introduce: air standard gas power cycles, refrigeration and steam cycles.

 Fluid Mechanics:

1) Importance of Fluid mechanics

2) Methodologies of studying fluid mechanics

3) Characterisation of fluid

4) Dimensional analysis: examples and power behind the methodology

5) Statics

6) Kinematics

7) Dynamics

8) Integral vs Differential form of momentum equation.


MECH103P Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

General Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Upon completion of this module students should be able to: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles underlying Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Have an appreciation of the wider multidisciplinary context of the underlying theory, including its applications to engineering design and application to real world

Skills and attributes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to apply basic quantitative science, engineering and mathematical tools to the analysis of problems arising in Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics.

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