Module Leader

Prof. Peter Childs

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Learning Outcomes

  • Order of magnitude quantification of energy required for various applications
  • Ability to quantify pressure loss for a range of pipeline system designs
  • Ability to estimate the drag for a range of vehicle designs
  • Ability to use Bernoulli’s equation in a range of design applications
  • Ability to estimate the heat transfer for a range of simple design applications


Description of Content

This part of the course covers an introduction to the principles of energy, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics.

Topics include:
  • Basic concepts: Temperature, pressure, states, equilibrium, different forms of energy.
  • Embedded energy, energy audits, product energy analysis.
  • Fluid mechanics, fluid statics, conservation equations, Bernoulli’s equation, real flows, drag, vehicle aerodynamic design principles, pressure loss in pipes and fittings, pipeline design.
  • Modes of heat transfer, introduction to conduction, convection and radiation. 1 dimensional heat conduction, Fourier’s law of heat conduction, Newton’s law of cooling, Planck’s law, introduction to black body radiation, grey bodies.
  • Introduction to the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, efficiency and types of work. Reversible and irreversible processes, heat pumps and refrigerators, introduction to the Carnot cycle.
  • Engines and turbines: Introduction to nozzles, compressors and turbines, engine cycles and efficiency, combined cycle.
Throughout the course, several practical examples are used to demonstrate the applicability of the material to engineering design practice.