MECH0005 Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1
- FHEQ Level:
- 4 (Undergraduate Yr 1)
- Term 2
- UCL / ECTS Credits:
- 15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
- Previous Module Code:
- MECH0003 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
This module provides an introduction to the broad concepts of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, within a practical context which is relevant to industry. This is a necessary foundation for the engineers of the future. The particular aims of this module are:
- To introduce and reinforce basic thermodynamic and fluid mechanics principles
- To introduce the development of appropriate models which represent simplified practical systems
- To enable students to demonstrate and articulate their understanding
The module consists of two thematic and overlapping areas: thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. It will build on the introductory material covered in MECH0003 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering.
The topics that will be taught include:
- Application of first law of thermodynamics
- Pure substance, real and perfect gases
- Second law of thermodynamics
- Introduction to air standard gas power cycles, refrigeration and steam cycles
- Importance of Fluid Mechanics
- Dimensional analysis: examples and power behind the methodology
- Control volume and system analysis, and the Reynolds Transport theorem
- Continuity equation, Momentum equation and energy equation
- Basic analysis of laminar flow
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles underlying Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics.
- Appreciate the wider multidisciplinary context of the underlying theory, including its applications to engineering design and application to real world problems.
- Apply appropriate quantitative science, engineering and mathematical tools to the analysis of problems arising in Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics.
Method of Instruction
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