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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module ENGI41315: Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery

Department: Engineering

ENGI41315: Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to H1K609


  • Renewable Energy Fundamentals


  • Advanced Engineering Design, Energy and the Environment, R&D Project

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To consider SI and CI engines and how they impact on the environment and other power sources for transport systems.
  • To introduce the principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics of turbomachines. To apply these to the analysis and design of various turbomachines.


  • Complex Gas cycles
  • Practical Performance Parameters and design examples for SI and CI engines;
  • Petroleum fuel characteristics and alternative fuels
  • Burning properties and the nature of knock and rumble
  • Vehicle emissions and legislation
  • Adiabatic combustion, flame temperature and the effects of turbulence
  • Effects of Dissociation
  • Refrigeration cycles: Involving Flash Tanks and Cascade Techniques, Two- and Three Fluid Absorption cycles, gas cycles
  • Availability analysis
  • Fundamental concepts of turbomachinery
  • Velocity triangles
  • Wind turbine design and analysis
  • Reaction, flow coefficient and loading coefficient
  • Application to axial flow turbines and compressors
  • Application to hydraulic machines
  • Specific speed and machine system operation

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Ability to model IC engines cycle using air standard cycles A1, B2
  • Ability to carry out design calculations for engines A1, B2
  • Understand fuels, alternative fuels and the effects of combustion products on the environment. A1
  • Know how to use availability functions to increase a thermodynamic assessment of a process beyond a simple second law analysis. A1
  • Understand general principles that govern flow in all turbo machines. A1,C3.
  • Ability to design and analyse fluid mechanical aspects of hydraulic machines and their operation within a system. A1, A3, C3, B11.
  • Ability to design and analyse wind turbines and Wells turbines. A1, A3, C3, B11.
  • Ability to apply theories to a design project and write a report. A1, A3, B1, B7, B11, C2, C6.
Subject-specific Skills:
Key Skills:

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures to cover fundamental turbine technology theories.
  • Assignment to introduce design aspects of turbine technology.
  • Examinations to assess knowledge, understanding and application.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 30 weekly x 2 1 hour 30
Tutorials 19 weekly 1 hour 19
Practicals 1 1 per module 3 hours 3
Preparation and Reading 98
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination May/June 1.5 hours 100%
Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Coursework, Beginning of Easter Term 2,000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Practical experiment and report.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University