Applications of fluid dynamics
Host department: Aeronautics
Time slot: AM
Who can study this module: Open to Y4 from Mechanical Engineering.
FHEQ Level: 7
How to apply: Via DSS
August resit opportunity: No
Approximate places available to students from other departments: 10
Historic number of applications from students of other departments: 25
Criteria used to select students: Random allocation
Exam: Friday 21st January 2022 morning session
Module information available on the Aeronautics website.
Applications of Fluid Dynamics
This module explores a number of applications of fluid dynamics to areas within and beyond aeronautics, in fields such as convective heat and mass transfer, wind energy, bio-fluid mechanics, and road vehicle aerodynamics. At the same time the course will deepen the understanding of the physics and governing equations of fluid dynamics.
On successfully completing this module, you should be able to:
1. Describe the main features of the flow around a road vehicle, and explain how the aerodynamic forces arise and how they are affected by vehicle shape and motion;
2. Analyse aerodynamic drag of both passenger and heavy road vehicles and compare testing and computational methods and understand the need for designers to compromise;
3. Describe the essential characteristics and components of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and apply dimensional analysis to derive key parameters describing physiological flows;
4. Relate simple models of pulse propagation in arteries to the dynamics of a compressible fluid;
5. Construct appropriate models to describe transport and exchange process, including defining equations, boundary conditions and deriving solutions in simple cases;
6. Recognise the various types of wind turbines and assess their aerodynamic performance, predict how much power can be extracted from the wind using the actuator disk theory and analyse the performance of HAWT and VAWT using the blade-element momentum theory;
The module will be delivered primarily through large-class lectures introducing the key concepts and methods, supported by a variety of delivery methods combining the traditional and the technological. The content is presented via a combination of slides, whiteboard and visualizer.
Learning will be reinforced through tutorial question sheets.
2.5 hour written examination in January (100%)