Module code: ENG1062

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

PACKWOOD AR Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 20%
Examination 2 HOUR EXAM 80%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

First year common module in thermo-fluids for MES + Chemical Engineering students

FLUID MECHANICS: The basic concepts underlying fluid flows and behaviour are described together with simple fluid properties. The calculation of static fluid forces is the starting point before moving to dynamic fluid effects including mass-flow and energy conservation. Internal flows in pipes and through pumps considering effects of fluid friction, momentum and energy losses in fittings. A range of pumps will be described and how they can be matched to system requirements. This will include non-dimensional analysis methods, laminar and turbulent flows and pipe system analysis.

THERMODYNAMICS:  Following an introduction on energy consumption, generation and supply from conventional and alternative sources the basic principles of heat and work transfer are described and system thermal efficiency. Thermal properties of working fluids (both liquids and gases) are described. The 1st law of thermodynamics is introduced with applications to processes and cycles for closed and steady-flow systems.

Module aims

An introduction to fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and in particular internal flow behaviour and the principles and methodologies applied to fluid statics, dynamics and 1st law thermodynamics

An understanding of the principles of energy generation, conservation, conversion and alternative energy sources

An introduction to the importance of system efficiency and minimization of resource requirement in engineering system design

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of scientific principles and methodology relating to fluid statics, dynamics and the  1st law  of thermodynamics (US1/m) K
Apply mathematical and scientific models to problems in basic thermo-fluids and appreciate the assumptions and limitations inherant in their application (US2-3) C
Describe the performance and characteristics of thermo-fluid systems and processes (E1-2) K
Demonstrate understanding of sustainability principles in energy generation and conversion processes using carbon fuels and alternative resouces (S3) K

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Fluid Mechanics

Fluid properties (density, viscosity, surface tension)

Hydrostatics (forces on surfaces, submerged bodies, valves, gates etc)

Buoyancy (stability of submerged and floating bodies)

Fluid kinematics (streamlines and continuity)

Fluid dynamics (Bernoulli’s equation, flow through orifices, venturi meter)

Momentum equation (impacting jets, forces on pipe bend)

Internal pipe flow:                               

            Laminar flow

                        Introduction to Reynolds number

                        Poiseuille flow in a pipe and related friction factor

            Turbulent flow

                        Description of turbulent flow characteristics

                    Film model and 1/7th power law for time averaged flow in pipes

                    Friction factors and pressure gradients in pipes
                    (effect of roughness; Moody chart)

                    Hydrodynamic resistance of sudden expansions, valves, bends etc.

                        Flow development and entrance length


Pumps and turbines

            Types of pump and turbine

            Head/flow rate characteristics (esp. centrifugal pumps)

            Pumps in series and parallel  (includes mention of NPSH)

            Simple Pump and pipe-work calculations

Dimensional analysis (Buckingham’s Pi theorem)

            Scale models                                                              [22hrs]



            Introduction to thermodynamics – work & heat transfer

            Energy consumption, generation, alternative sources and system efficiency

            Fluid properties, liquids & gases, Cp and Cv, property tables and ideal gas

            First law  – for closed systems, internal energy. Applications

            Steady flow energy equation, enthalpy, external work. Applications to flow systems.     


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce thermo-fluid principles through theory with worked examples. This is delivered principally through lectures and tutorial classes and feedback from coursework assignments.

The learning and teaching methods include:

3 hours lecture per week x 11 weeks
1 hour tutorial (in groups) x 11 weeks
2 hours revision lectures
Fluids coursework (6 hours) submitted on SurreyLearn
Thermo coursework (6 hours) submitted on SurreyLearn

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of scientific principles, methodologies and mathematics methods as well as the ability to describe particular systems and processes in the final examination. The Fluids and Thermo coursework elements allow students to demonstrate that they can interpret a problem and present a solution clearly and accurately.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Fluids coursework      [ Learning outcomes 1, 2 ]                  (6 hours)  Deadline c. W7       {10%}

·         Thermo coursework    [ Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 ]              (6 hours)   Deadline c. W10   {10%}

·         Examination               [ Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 ]          (2 hours)     {80%}


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials
Formative Multiple Choice Tests are available on SurreyLearn to give feedback on understanding of simple principles
Written feedback is given on the coursework assessments

Reading list

Reading list for FLUID MECHANICS & THERMODYNAMICS 1 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng1062

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.