Detailed module information
Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.
The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.
Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook, for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.
Applications of Fluid Dynamics
This module explores a number of applications of fluid dynamics to areas within and beyond aeronautics, in fields such as 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 provide an overview of how the aerodynamic forces arise.
2. Explain how the aerodynamic forces are affected by vehicle shape and motion.
3. Analyse aerodynamic drag and relate to the features of both passenger and heavy road vehicles.
4. Give an overview of testing and computational methods and to understand the need for designers to make trade-offs with other factors.
5. Know and describe the essential characteristics and components of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
6. Apply dimensional analysis to derive key parameters describing physiological flows.
7. Relate simple models of pulse propagation in arteries to the dynamics of a compressible fluid.
8. Construct appropriate models to describe transport and exchange process, including defining equations, boundary conditions and deriving solutions in simple cases.
9. Know the various types of wind turbines and assess their aerodynamic performance.
10. Predict how much power can be extracted from the wind using the actuator disk theory.
11. 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.
This module presents opportunities for both formative and summative assessment.
You will be formatively assessed through progress tests and tutorial sessions.
You will have additional opportunities to self-assess your learning via tutorial problem sheets.
You will be summatively assessed by a written closed-book examination at the end of the module.
|Assessment type||Assessment description||Weighting||Pass mark|
|Examination||Closed-book written examination||100%||50%|
You will receive feedback on examinations in the form of an examination feedback report on the performance of the entire cohort.
You will receive feedback on your performance whilst undertaking tutorial exercises, during which you will also receive instruction on the correct solution to tutorial problems.
Further individual feedback will be available to you on request via this module’s online feedback forum, through staff office hours and discussions with tutors.
2nd ed., Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press
Eight edition / Theodore L. Bergman, Adrienne S. Lavine, Frank P. Incropera and David P. DeWitt., John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Fifth edition in SI units., New York, NY : McGraw-Hill Education
4th ed., Warrendale, PA : Society of Automotive Engineers
3rd ed., St Albans : MechAero
Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles
Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics
Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics