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Undergraduate Course: Thermofluids 3 (MECE09034)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThermofluids 3 is a 20 credit course that combines elements of fluid mechanics and heat transfer.It begins with 15 lectures on fluid mechanics which are followed by 15 lectures on heat transferand then it concludes with revision. Because convection is a very large part of heat transfer, the combination of these two topics provides some synergy and streamlining. Three lectures will be delivered each week, with a fourth hour set aside for an examples session. There will be two required laboratories constituting 60% of the marks for the class, while an exam will cover 40% of the marks.
Course description The course will consist of 33 hours of lecture, plus four laboratory experiments:


1.Course overview and introduction (for the entire course)
2.Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
7.Dimensional analysis and similarity
8.Wind turbines, fans & propellers
9.Wind turbines, fans & propellers
10.Pipe flow, introduction to the Navier-Stokes equations
11.Couette flow and fluid bearings
12.Stokes flow/creeping flow
13.Introduction to compressible flow
14.Compressible flow
15.Compressible nozzle flow, choked flow
16.Jet propulsion
17.Introduction to Heat Transfer
18.Simplified heat transfer in internal flows
19.Heat exchangers
20.Deeper introduction to convection -the energy equation, boundary layer assumptions, and the Nusselt and Prandtl numbers
21.External flows
22.Applications of external flow correlations
23.Introduction to conduction heat transfer and the heat diffusion equation
24.Analytical and numerical solutions to the stationary heat diffusion equation
25.Transient heat conduction
26.Introduction to radiation heat transfer, spectral properties
27.Spatial properties, fluxes, planetary heat transfer
28.Kirchoff's law and view factors
29.Radiant exchange
30.Mixed mode heat transfer
31.Mixed mode heat transfer
32.Fluid Mechanics revision
33.Heat Transfer revision

Possible Laboratory Experiments:
1.Centrifugal Pump
2.Turbine(equipment requested)
3.Counter-flow heat exchanger (equipment requested)
4.Radiation (equipment requested)

AHEP outcomes: EA1m, EA2m, EA3m, P3, P8m. Also has SM1b, EA1b, EA3b, EA4b, D3, P8.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Fluid Mechanics 2 (SCEE08003) AND Engineering Thermodynamics 2 (SCEE08006)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Heat, Mass and Momentum Transfer 3 (CHEE09013)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs A book will be required and it costs roughly £20 at Amazon in paperback. The Library has purchased copies of the 7th edition.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 142 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam %: 40
Practical Exam %:
Coursework %: 60
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To use mass, momentum and energy balances in a simple control volume in simple problems in fluid mechanics and convection heat transfer.To qualitatively explain the Navier Stokes and energy equations, and solve them for simple flows;
  2. To define Reynolds, Froude, Womersely, Nusselt, and Prandtl numbers, and use them in fluid flow and heat transfer modelling problems;
  3. To understand the basics of compressible flows through nozzles and choked flow;
  4. To understand and solve (analytically or numerically) the heat diffusion equation for conduction heat transfer, including convection and/or radiation boundary conditions;
  5. To describe spectral and spatial aspects of radiation heat transfer and solve simple radiation problems.
Reading List
For Fluid Mechanics there is one book recommended for reading (the Library has copies, used versions cost £25, and there is a PDF online):

Title: Fluid Mechanics
Author: Frank White
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Edition: 7 or 8 (both are similar, preferably in SI units)

For Heat Transfer there is one required book and it will be used in the open-book exam (the Library has copies, various versions cost £17 -£190):

Title: Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer
Authors: T.L. Bergman, A.S. Lavine, F.P. Incropera, D.P. Dewitt,
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Versions: The latest version of this text is the 8th edition published in 2016. There are many versions of the text, however, and many of them are quite inexpensive. There are very small differences from one to the next, and so any of them can be used.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFluid Mechanics,Heat Transfer
Course organiserDr Rohit Pillai
Tel: (0131 6)50 5557
Course secretaryMiss Maryna Vlasova
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