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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0074 Engineering in Extreme Environments

MECH0074 Engineering in Extreme Environments

FHEQ Level:
7 (Undergraduate Year 4)
Terms 1 and 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
Knowledge of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and materials

Taught By

Professor Ian Eames (Module Coordinator):
Ian Eames

Module Overview

Future engineers need to train to be able to confidently bring together the various core strands of engineering within the sphere of the real world.  The traditional way of teaching is to silo these core areas.  Learning how to combine this knowledge is usually the reserve of a research project or during their working lifetime.

This module will bring together these skills in an area of engineering where there are currently some exciting developments.  The three core areas are the important of extreme situations comprised of temperature, pressure and reactions at interfaces (chemistry).

The theory developed in the module will be supported by examples from the research activities within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as part of their investigation into the subject students will be encouraged to engage with industry and departmental researchers.

Topics Covered

  • How to solve impossible problems
  • Fundamental concepts in chemistry and materials
  • Continuum description of matter (fluids and solids)
  • Pressure pulsation in pipes
  • AIV and water hammer
  • Cavitation
  • Explosions and blast waves
  • Corrosion
  • Fire and fire dynamics
  • Extreme temperature
  • Cooling very hot surfaces

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of mechanical and related engineering disciplines.
  • Understand concepts from a range of areas including some outside engineering, and the ability to apply them effectively in engineering projects.
  • Have awareness of developing technologies related to mechanical engineering.
  • Use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies.
  • Extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem, and apply its solution using computer based engineering tools when appropriate.
  • Have a thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations and some appreciation of likely new developments.
  • Have extensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components.
  • Understand the use of technical literature and other information sources.
  • Understand appropriate codes of practice and industry standards.
  • Apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Practical laboratory classes


This module is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination and coursework exercises.

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