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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module ENGI2231: Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2

Department: Engineering

ENGI2231: Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2

Type Tied Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to H100
Tied to H103


  • MATH1551, ENGI1111


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To provide a working knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics


  • Thermodynamics: steam cycles, refrigeration, perfect gas mixtures and sustainability
  • Fluid Mechanics: Viscous fluid flows, heat transfer and heat exchangers
  • Laboratories and data analysis

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • At the end of the module the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, theory and application of Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Selection and application of appropriate analysis techniques
  • Economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental context. Students will acquire a greater awareness of the legal and ethical constraints under which they are expected to operate.
  • Practical application of engineering skills, combining theory and experience.
  • The competent and safe use of laboratory equipment
  • Understanding of risk assessment and COSHH
Key Skills:
  • Numerical skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Teamworking
  • Time and Resource Management

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

  • The course in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics is covered by lectures which are reinforced by regular problem sheets, leading to the required problem solving capability.
  • The topics covered in this module are analytical by nature and are assessed most effectively by timed, written examination which enables each student to demonstrate an ability to analyse and solve new problems.
  • A laboratory programme provides formative, hands-on experience in the subject area of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.
  • Topics related to engineering ethics and professional issues are assessed through coursework.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 42 2 per week 1 hour 42
Tutorial Hours as required Weekly sign up sessions up to 1 hour 8
Laboratories and Data Analysis 3 1st and 2nd term 3 hours 9
PEAC Course 1 5 x 8 hour days 40 hours 40
Report writing, formative exercises and self study 98
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:

Laboratories, Problem Sheets

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