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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module ENGI4437: Turbomachinery and Propulsion 4

Department: Engineering

ENGI4437: Turbomachinery and Propulsion 4

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to H100


  • ENGI3291


  • As specified in programme regulations.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in programme regulations.


  • This module is designed solely for students studying Department of Engineering degree programmes.
  • To provide an advanced understanding of propulsion cycles and their applications.
  • To provide an advanced understanding of turbomachinery operation and design.


  • Non-dimensional parameters for turbomachinery and their meaning.
  • Axial compressor and turbine analysis and design.
  • The operation of modern turbomachinery design system.
  • Theory of propulsion and the definition of performance parameters.
  • Principles of operation of ramjets.
  • Turbojets, turboprops and turbofans and analysis of those engine types.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • An understanding of the principles and controlling parameters of aircraft propulsion.
  • An understanding of fluid flow behaviour and analysis in the specialised application of flow over turbine and compressor blading and an appreciation of the parameters affecting turbomachinery aero-thermal performance.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • An awareness of current technology, analysis methods and industrial practises along with the ability to apply those methods in novel situations.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of specialised and advanced technical and professional skills, an ability to perform critical assessment and review and an ability to communicate the results of their own work effectively.
  • To use effectively specialised, advanced models for the analysis of fluid flows.
  • The ability to carry out the design and analysis of axial flow compressors and turbines.
Key Skills:
  • Capacity for independent self-learning within the bounds of professional practice.
  • Specialised numerical skills appropriate to an engineer.
  • Mathematics relevant to the application of advanced engineering concepts.

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

  • The module content is delivered in lectures and is reinforced by problem sheets and exercises, equipping students with the required problem solving capability.
  • Students are able to make use of staff 'Tutorial 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 course.
  • Coursework is appropriate because it allows students to work on realistic engineering problems.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 Typically 1 per week 1 Hour 20
Tutorial Hours As required Weekly sign-up sessions Up to 1 Hour 10
Preparation and Reading 70
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 100% No

Formative Assessment:


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