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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH203P Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

  • To develop in students a basic understanding of some advanced topics of fluid mechanics and thermal energy and the ability to apply these topics to the analysis of common engineering systems.
  • To provide the link between the broad concepts of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics with the practical context that they will experience in industry.
  • To provide the students with a solid basis of fundamental and applied concepts in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics in order to develop a comprehensive view of fluid systems and energy generation and utilisation that will tackle both, traditional problems and novel applications, keeping up with the state of the art and informed by research within the department.
Code: MECH203P
Alt Codes: None
Title: Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
UCL Credits/ECTS: 0.5/7.5
Start: September
End: April
Taught by: Dr. Vanessa Diaz 

Professor Kai Luo


MECH103P Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Method of Instruction

Each lecture will consist of describing the conceptual framework and where appropriate model calculations to support the concept being demonstrated in either thermodynamics or mechanics of fluids. Each lecture will be supported by a tutorial so that these concepts can be discussed and applied.

We are emphasizing the use of novel methods to cement concepts and consolidate learning. These can be in many different forms, including lecture room based demonstrations for the physical principles (either in the lecture) or other ways (for example, podcasts), for example. Online quizzes and tutorials may be used as required to help the students to self-evaluate and judge their own progress. Additionally, labs will be used to assist on the delivery of chosen topics.

Module tutors will monitor student engagement through Moodle and class participation. Student support will be achieved via some or all of the following: automatic feedback of online quizzes, sufficient number of office hours; including TAs time, Moodle monitoring of student progress via ‘discovery’ of new topics only after a set of online activities have been performed by the student, or any other method as appropriate.


The course will have the following assessment components:

  • The assessment components for this module are currently under review

To pass this course students must:

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



  1. Mixtures of ideal gases
  2. Basic psychrometric processes
  3. Elementary combustion
  4. Steam turbine cycles
  5. Gas turbine cycles
  6. Thermodynamics in Renewables


Fluid Mechanics

  1. Differential form of the momentum and mass conservation equation
  2. Lubrication analysis
  3. Boundary layer analysis
  4. Lift and drag forces
  5. Pumps

MECH203P Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

General Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Understand and be able to work with common applications in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • Identify and define the requirements, constraints and design parameters of a project that involve a thermodynamics/fluid component;
  • Generate concepts, exercise critical thinking, implement a methodology to compare ideas and use engineering judgment to choose a viable solution in this context;
  • Gain knowledge and apply the design process, mathematics and engineering analysis to the development and creation of integrated engineering solutions within the remit of the course and through the use of combined disciplines or sub-disciplines as required;
  • Understand the wide use and important of mechanics of fluids and thermodynamics in their future professional lives
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