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The module consists of two thematic and overlapping areas – thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The topics that will be taught include:
|Title:||Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics|
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. The course is fundamentally structured around the template for having 8 key topics which maps on to the exam paper (which will consist of 8 questions, split into 2 sections, with students requiring to answer 5). Each topic will be split equally and supported by 3 lectures and 2 solution sessions. The solution sessions and Moodle chat site will provide the forum to discuss the work. As with the Provosts direction of research led teaching – the link between this work and the impact from Mechanical Engineering will be highlighted.
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).
We have trialed using essays as tools to develop students’ interests in this subject. One short essay will be prepared at the start of the 1st term that will cover the importance of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in our daily lives. Two individual problem based course work assessments will be required at the end of the first and second terms.
The course will have the following assessment components:
To pass this course students must:
This module covers the techniques necessary to create mathematical and computerised models of systems typically comprising mechanisms, motors and sensors. Many examples are included and updated frequently to reflect recent current affairs including large aircraft control systems, vehicle suspensions, motorised positioning systems e.g. for 3D printing.
Dynamic techniques, fundamentals of vibration
Models are used to analyse the dynamic behaviour of systems, predicting speed of response, stability and common vibratory / oscillatory problems in engineering. This section involves assessing and measuring noise, vibration and rapid motions.
Multiple degree of freedom systems
The methods above are extended to include multi-degree of freedom systems, using the State Space matrix method. In vibrating structures, the concepts of mode shape and modal analysis are introduced and investigated experimentally.
The module extends the controller design techniques developed in MECH202P, considering analytical approaches to improving the speed of response and stabilising inherently unstable systems including high performance (autonomous) aircraft.
These techniques are investigated in the laboratory which involves balancing an inverted (upside-down) pendulum.