Current Units/Modules
Computational Mechanics (MSc Mechanical Engineering)

This is a new unit which was introduced in the 2014-2015  academic year. It is partially based on an older unit called 'Simulation of Mechanical Systems'. This unit consists of 50% CFD and 50% Finite Element Analysis (FEA). The content of this unit has carefully been designed to provide Masters students a very 'hands-on' experience in using several world-leading engineering simulation software and programmes such as Ansys Fluent, Ansys Mechanical, etc. By the end of this unit, students will be able to carry out CFD and FEA simulations from the start and are able to analyse the results and assess the accuracy of the simulation procedure. The CFD section of this unit has the following syllabus:

  • Introduction to CFD

  • Grids and Boundary Conditions

  • Navier-Stokes Equations

  • Finite Difference Method

  • Finite Volume Method

  • Simulation of Turbulent Flows

  • Turbulence Modelling

  • Heat Transfer


Suggested Reading:

  • Versteeg, H.K. and Malalasekera, W., 2007, An introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics: the Finite-Volume Method (2nd edition), Pearson.

  • Ferziger, J.H. and Peric, M., 2001, Computational Methods for Fluid Dynamics (3rd edition), Springer-Verlag.

  • White, F.M., 2006, Fluid Mechanics (6th edition), McGraw-Hill.

  • Pope, S.B., 2000, Turbulent flows, Cambridge University Press.

  • Wilcox, D.C., 1998, Turbulence modelling for CFD, 2nd Edition, DCW Industries.


Thermodynamics (1st yr Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering)

This unit consists of two main sections: 1) The ‘Thermofluid Systems’ and 2) Principles of Thermodynamics. The thermofluids section extends the study of Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics seen in Mechanical Science in the first year in an applied context. This part of the unit introduces the students to an extensive range of various practical Thermofluids processes and types of Thermofluid equipment and plants encountered in an industrial environment. This unit has several formative and summative practical acitivities as well. The main topics in the thermofluids part of this unit are as follows:

  • Dimensional Analysis

  • Pipe Flow (Steady Incompressible Flow in Pipes)

  • Heat Transfer

  • Gas Mixtures

  • Psychrometry

  • Internal Combustion Engines

  • Compressible Flow

  • Pumps & Pumping Systems


Suggested Reading:

  • Douglas, J.F., Gasiorek, J.M. & Swaffield, J.A, ‘Fluid Mechanics’, 4th Edition, Longman, 2011.

  • Munson, B.R., Young, D.F. & Okiishi, T.H., ‘Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics’, 5th Edition, Wiley, 2005.

  • Rogers, G.F.C. & Mayhew, Y.R., ‘Engineering Thermodynamics. Work and Heat Transfer’, 5th Edition, Longman, 1996.

  • Eastop, T.D. & McConkey, A., ‘Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists’, 5th Edition, Longman, 1993.

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