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MECH6010 - Introductory ThermoFluids

Title:Introductory ThermoFluids
Long Title:Introduction to Thermodynamics
Module Code:MECH6010
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Author: GER KELLY
Module Description: This modules provides an introduction to thermodynamics (the interactions of work, heat, energies) and fluid statics (hydrostatic forces on plane and curved surfaces, buoyancy, and the stability of floating bodies).
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Apply the first law of thermodynamics concept to familiar engineering problems in steady flow, non-flow, and incompressible flow.
LO2 Analyse the heat and work transfers in well-defined processes (constant volume, constant pressure, adiabatic, isothermal, polytropic), and their combination into thermodynamic cycles on pressure-volume diagrams.
LO3 Use steam tables in the solution of adiabatic steady flow mixing, boiler duty calculations, and pipe sizing.
LO4 Analyse problems in hydrostatics
LO5 Collect and collate, analyse and criticize basic measurement data in the laboratory and synthesize it into a technical report form.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Not Applicable
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

Not Applicable

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Thermodynamic Properties
Temperature: thermal equilibrium, temperature scales. Zeroth Law. Pressure. Density, specific volume, internal energy, heat capacity. PV diagrams.
Thermodynamic Processes
1st Law. Steady-flow, non-flow and Bernoulli equations. Ideal gas and Avogadro’s Hypothesis. Adiabatic, isothermal, polytropic processes. Ideal gas law, Boyle-Charles Law. Introduction to steam. Properties and use of steam tables.
Pressures of liquids, pressure measurement. Second Moments of Area, centre of pressure, forces on immersed plane and curved surfaces. Buoyancy, metacentric height, and stability.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions 1st law of Thermodynamics 1,2 10.0 Week 5
Short Answer Questions Application of Steam Tables 3 10.0 Week 9
Practical/Skills Evaluation Conduct thermofluids laboratory experiments and produce individual reports. 2,5 20.0 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 60.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class-based instruction. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Practical Lab Programme 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Tutorial Weekly tutorial on just-completed topics. 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed learning. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Cengel, Cimbala,Turner 2012, Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences (in SI Units), 4th revised ed Ed., McGraw-Hill Education - Europe [ISBN: 10 0071325115]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Douglas, Gasiorek, Swaffield & Jack 2006, Fluid Mechanics, 5th Ed., 1,2,3, Prentice Hall UK [ISBN: 13-9780131292932]
  • Eastop & McConkey 1993, Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists, 5th Ed., 1,2,3,4, Longman UK [ISBN: 13-9780582091934]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBIOM_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_EMECH_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_EOMNI_8 Engineering Common Entry (Level 8) 2 Elective

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