Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None.
Tied to H1K609


  • None


  • As specified in programme regulations

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in programme regulations


  • To introduce the principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics of turbomachines and to apply these to the simple analysis and design of hydraulic machines, axial flow steam and gas turbines.
  • To gain an understanding of the engineering of nuclear power stations including reactor choice and thermodynamic plant.
  • To gain an understanding of behaviour of subsonic and supersonic compressible flows in nozzles, pipes and around simple aerofoils.
  • To equip students with skills in running a numerical simulation of fluid flow, as well as the skills to verify and validate the results.


  • Turbomachinery, Thermodynamics, Compressible flow
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of fundamental engineering concepts, principles, theories and mathematics relevant to turbomachinery, thermodynamics and compressible flow;
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of CFD.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • To critically analyse, evaluate and interpret engineering data;
  • To apply engineering principles to the solution of a specific, complex problem;
  • To verify and validate CFD solutions.
Key Skills:
  • Numerical skills appropriate to an engineer;
  • General problem solving skills that can be applied in a novel context;
  • Capacity for self-learning in familiar and unfamiliar situations;
  • Use of advanced engineering software to model engineering artefacts.

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

  • The courses in turbomachinery, thermodynamics and compressible flow covered in lectures, and are reinforced by problem sheets, leading to the required problem solving capability.
  • Assessment is through written examination which enables each student to demonstrate an ability to analyse and solve new problems.
  • Students are able to make use of staff Office Hours to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff on a one to one basis. These are sign-up sessions available for up to one hour per week per lecture series.
  • The self-study coursework element containing practical exercises in CFD are appropriate for the subject matter and for preparation of professional engineering practice.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 42 2 per week 1 hour 42
Office Hours As required Weekly sign-up sessions Up to 1 hour 8
Laboratories 4 As timetabled 3 hours 12
Preparation, reading and self study 138
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 2 hours 100%
Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Coursework 100%

Formative Assessment:

Problem Sheets for lecture courses. Laboratories.

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