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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

The course aims are to introduce the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and their application to a range of engineering problems.

The course is only available to students on the Graduate Apprenticeship in BEng in Civil Engineering.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nina F. Nikora

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Bachelor Of Engineering In Engineering (Civil Grad App)
  • Engineering (EG)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course begins with the material properties of fluids. This is followed by introduction to hydrostatics. Then principles of fluid motion including the development of the basic equations are studied. Bernoulli's equation is used to explain the relationship between pressure and velocity. The final fluid mechanics topic covers flow in pipes with particular focus on various kinds of energy losses in a pipeline. Reversible and irreversible processes are explained. The First Law of Thermodynamics is presented. The function of state enthalphy is introduced. The steady flow equation is presented and applied to turbines, boilers, condensers and compressors. The Second Law is applied to operations on an ideal gas and to entropy changes in heating. The Third Law is introduced. The work function is developed and its importance as an index of the efficiency of engines explained. The use of steam tables is discussed and selected therodynamic cycles are analysed.

Hands-on practical activities are used to enhance students learning. Students carry out two laboratory experiments: (1) Fluid Mechanics - to develop understanding of the Venturi meter principle; (2) Thermodynamics - to investigate the relationship between the pressure and temperature of saturated steam.

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt

2x Lab Reports (10% each)
2x Timed Online Tests (40% each) 

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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