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Module Title
Advanced Thermofluids
Reference EN5501 Version 4
Created July 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended October 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To establish competence in the theory and practice of Fluid Mechanics and Computational Fluid Dynamics, particularly applied to the energy industries.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Explain fundamental concepts related to the conservation laws of fluid dynamics and their applications, boundary layers, turbulence and thermofluids properties
2 Solve governing equations of fluid dynamics using various analytical techniques
3 Demonstrate competence in using state of the art CFD software for solving fluid flow and heat transfer problem
4 Use CFD software for solving complex fluid flow and heat transfer problems and provide analysis of results

Indicative Module Content
Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics: the conservation laws and their application, viscosity/rheometry and the constitutive equations, boundary layers, turbulence and thermofluid properties. Comptational Fluid Dynamics. Overview of discretisation methods: FD, FE, FV etc.. The finite volume method of discretisation. Newtonian and non-Newtonian flows, boundary layers, turbulence, compressible flows, flows with heat transfer. Validation of CFD. Applications taken from (but not limited to): lubrication, aerodynamics, atmospherics (wind energy), oceanic flows (wave energy), open and closed channel flow (tidal energy), oil & gas industry (tubulars and process plant) , acquifers (oil & gas, water, geothermal), industrial hydraulics and pneumatics.

Module Delivery
The module will be delivered by means of lectures and tutorials supporting CFD laboratories and practical work. Academic and industrial seminars will be held when possible.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 48 N/A
Non-Contact Hours 102 N/A
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 20% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: In-class test.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 3
Description: A written reflective statement based on CFD simulations.
Component 3
Type: Coursework Weighting: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 4
Description: A six page report after solving a practical thermofluid problem using a CFD code.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass this module, students should achieve a mark of at least 50% which is a minimum of grade D. Students should also achieve a mark of at least 40% in each individual component.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Greater than or equal to 70%
B In the range 60% to 69%
C In the range 55% to 59%
D In the range 50% to 54%
E In the range 40% to 49%
F Less than 40%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Plant Performance (EN4700) or equivalent
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 VERSTEEG, H. and MALALASEKERA, W., 2007, An introduction to computational fluid dynamics-The finite volume method, 2nd ed. Harlow:Pearson
2 FERZIGER, JOEL H and MILOVAN PERIC., 2002. Computational methods for fluid dynamics. 3rd ed. Berlin: Springer.
3 CFD online documentation.

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