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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0011 Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

MECH0011 Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

FHEQ Level:
5 (Undergraduate Yr 2)
Terms 1 and 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
Alternative Module Code:
This module is offered to Term 1 affiliate students under the code MECH0012
MECH0005 Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Taught By

Dr Andrea Ducci (Module Coordinator):
Andrea Ducci
Professor Kai Luo:
Kai Luo

Module Overview

This module aims to develop 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.

The module consists of two thematic and overlapping areas: fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. It links the broad concepts of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics with the practical context that they will experience in industry. Students are provided 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.

Topics Covered

Fluid Mechanics

  • Differential equations of mass and momentum
  • Boundary-layer theory
  •  Flow in Pipes
  •  Flow Past a Body (Lift and drag)    


  • Mixtures of ideal gases
  • Basic psychrometric processes
  • Elementary combustion
  • Steam turbine cycles
  • Gas turbine cycles
  • Thermodynamics in Renewables

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will 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 involves 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 importance of mechanics of fluids and thermodynamics in their future professional lives.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes


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

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