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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0024 Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

MECH0024 Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

FHEQ Level:
6 (Undergraduate Yr 3)
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 MECH0025
MECH0011 Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Taught By

Professor Ian Eames (Module Coordinator):
Ian Eames
Dr Paul Hellier:
Paul Hellier

Module Overview

This module consists of two thematic and overlapping areas: thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The purpose of the module is to combine what students have been taught in years 1 and 2 on fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and apply them to real and practical problems. The fluid mechanical element to this course is built wholly around the fascinating and important area of compressible flows. This is a problem which is highly nonlinear but still tractable analytically and using graphical solutions because the flow adjustment is either through shocks or isentropic adjustments.

Topics Covered

The topics that will be taught include:


  • Global energy supply and usage
  • Energy content and sources
  • Renewable energy
  • Combustion and emissions
  • Exergy analysis
  • Fuel cells

Fluid Mechanics

  • Normal shock analysis, discussion of T-s and p-rho diagrams
  • Oblique shock analysis and link to normal shock analysis
  • Expansion fans and Prandtl-Meyer expansion
  • Linearised expansions to study lifting aerofoil
  • Inlets or diffusers for supersonic aircraft
  • Duct flow – influence of changes in cross-sectional area
  • Nozzle and exit flows 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Understand and be able to work with advanced applications in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.
  • Have an appreciation of practical limits and constrains pertinent to thermodynamics and fluid mechanic applications.
  • 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.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials


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

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