Thermofluids 2156


This course covers a range of topics in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics. 

The fluids half of the course covers fluid dynamics topics, including :

  1. Ideal and real fluids, flow characterisation
  2. Continuity and momentum integral equations, Bernoulli, application to flow measurements and pipe flows
  3. Open channel flows, weirs, flumes,
  4. Potential flow, stream and potential functions, superposition
  5. Circulation and vorticity.

The fluid dynamics part of this course is a precursor to the 3rd year courses SOE3211/2 : Thermofluids and Energy Conversion, and SOE3213/2 : Computational Engineering.

Recommended textbook :

Fluid Mechanics, J.F. Douglas, J.M. Gasiorek and J.A. Swaffield.

Basics of Fluid Flow There are some good pictures of various fluid flows at the site Gallery of Fluid Flow Images. Also the Gallery of Fluid Dynamics. Numerous specific instances could also be examined, for example the Turbomachinery Flow Visualisation Image Gallery, plus the real installations and the associated research page.

Lecture 1 and lecture 2. (Lecture notes 1, 2)

Bernoulli, pipe flow, turbomachinery Lectures 3 and 4 (lecture notes 3, 4). Some links to various types of turbine :
Francis (mixed flow) - more info from Wikipedia,
 Kaplan (axial) - more info from Wikipedia, and here.
Miscelaneous - some general pictures, some CFD work (also here). A very comprehensive collection of images is to be found here.
Centrifugal pumps - some background information (for baths and kitchens! but generally applicable) - also a biological example (blood pump), and other examples (1., 2.)
Dimensionless numbers, open channel flow Various pictures of hydraulic jumps - in a sink, and in the laboratory. A tidal bore is just a hydraulic jump moving upstream along a river.

Various weirs - Hatchery weir

Lectures 5, 6 and 7 (lecture notes 5, 6 and 7)

Ideal fluids, potential flow, Real fluids Lectures 8, 9 and 10 (Lecture notes 8, 9, 10).

The course assessment comprises four elements :

  1. A practical course - fluids and thermodynamics experiments 
  2. Homework - 
  3. Semester test(s) 
  4. Summer exam - 50% of the mark.

A schedule for the practical course and group allocations is available here - also look at the guidelines for experiments