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MECH6007 - Thermofluids

Long Title:Thermofluids
Module Code:MECH6007
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 12 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Description: This module offers students an introduction to the study of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. It covers heat energy, thermal expansion, behaviour of gases, properties of steam and hydrostatics.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Manipulate basic formulae and understand the basic SI system of units as applied to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
LO2 Define thermodynamic properties and do calculations involving heat, thermal expansion,expansion and compression of gases.
LO3 Define properties of fluids and calculate pressures,hydrostatic forces.
LO4 Conduct lab experiments in thermofluids as part of a team in a safe and appropriate manner and produce individual reports.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Temperature, temperature measurement, temperature scales. Construction and principle of operation of various temperature measuring devices. Thermal expansion, coefficient of linear, superificial and cubical expansion. Expansion and contraction of water.
Temperature and specific heat. Specific heat capacity, quantity of heat, rate of heat supply. Heat transfer by mixtures and thermal equilibrium. Conduction, Convection and Radiation.
Latent heat and steam
Change of state. Latent heat of fusion and vaporisation. Evaporation, condensation and boiling. Vapour pressure. Enthalpy, formation and properties of steam, wet steam, dry steam and superheated steam and steam tables. Temperature-enthalpy diagram.
Behavoiur of gases
Ideal Gas Laws. Pressure in gas. Kinetic theory of gases. Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law, The Ideal Gas Law and characteristic gas constant. Specific heat capacity of a gas. Index law of expansion. Thermal processes; constant volume, constant pressure, isothermal and adiabatic.
Hydrostatic pressure and pressure measurement
Hydrostatics. Pressure, characteristics of liquid pressure, pressure measurement. Atmospheric, gauge and absolute pressure. Density and relative density. Static pressure and head. Pascal’s Law. Barometer, pressure gauges and manometers.
Hydrostatic force
Total pressure and hydrostatic force. Density, buoyancy, apparent weight, Principle of Archimedes, relative density
Lab programme.
Safety Lecture. Report writing lecture. Conduct lab experiments from the following list: Boyles Law, constant volume gas thermometer, specific latent heat of steam, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, specific heat capacity, thermometry.
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 In class assessment 1,2 10.0 Week 6
Short Answer Questions In class assessment 2,3 10.0 Week 11
Written Report Lab experiments 4 20.0 Every Second 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 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 Lecture 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self directed study and problem solving 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab experiments 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Subrata Bhattacharjee 2015, Thermodynamics: An Interactive Approach, Global Edition, Global Ed Ed., Pearson Ed, [ISBN: 9781292113746]
  • John Hannah, M. J. Hillier 1999, Mechanical engineering science, 3rd Ed., Longman Harlow, England [ISBN: 9780582326750]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Richard Gentle, Peter Edwards, Bill Bolton 2001, Mechanical Engineering Systems, 1st Edition Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 0 7506 5213 6]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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