KB5005 - Fluid Systems

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the fluid systems for incompressible and compressible flows. You will start with the significance of non-dimensional numbers in the context of model and prototype testing. Practical fluid flow machineries will be studied in detail. You will consider boundary layer theory and viscous flow with application to bearing lubrication and heat transfer during condensation. You will also study compressible flows and application to converging-diverging nozzle. You will be introduced to Computational Fluid Dynamics and will be able to simulate practical laboratory data using a state of the art CFD software.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, problem-solving workshops, practical laboratory investigations and independent learning. The lectures will cover the theories and design applications of fluid systems. You will learn design applications through problem-solving workshops and you will conduct laboratory investigations to enrich your understanding of the relevance of theory to practice. As each topic proceeds, students will be directed to a range of problem solving scenarios for tutor-guided independent learning. Northumbria’s mechanical and construction engineering laboratories will be used to support a ‘hands-on’ learning experience to underpin your theoretical treatment of these systems. You will also use a state of the art the software to simulate practical laboratory data.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided by tutors during problem-solving workshops and during practical laboratory investigations. These informal guided learning periods will enable tutors to mingle with students in order to help them either with individual questions or queries arising from small groups of students. Model solutions to tutor-guided independent learning case studies will be periodically uploaded to the University’s eLearning Portal (eLP) so that feedback can be obtained and students will be encouraged to raise questions and to make suggestions on these avenues of independent learning on the eLP discussion board so that the whole group can benefit.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

• CIBSE (2007) CIBSE Guide C – Reference Data. Chapter 4 – Flow of Fluids in Pipes and Ducts. (London: Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.)
• Douglas, J.F., Gasiorek, J., Swaffield, J.A., and Jack, L.B. (2011) Fluid Mechanics (6th edition) (Harlow: Prentice-Hall.)
• Massey, B. S., and Ward-Smith, J. (2012) Mechanics of Fluids (9th edition). (New York: Spon Press.)
• Mott, R.L., and Untener, J.A. (2014) Applied Fluid Mechanics. (Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall.)
• Schaschke, C. (1998) Fluid Mechanics – Worked Examples for Engineers. (Rugby: Institution of Chemical Engineers.)
• White, F. M. (2011) Fluid Mechanics (7th edition). (New York: McGraw Hill.)
• Holman, J.P. (2010) Heat Transfer (10th edition). (Boston: McGraw Hill)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:

MLO1 Understand the fundamental principles of inviscid and viscous flows and their applications in the context of practical engineering flow systems

MLO2 Explain and apply the principles of compressible flow to rotodynamic machines and converging-diverging nozzles.

MLO3 Understand work transfer in the context of fluid machinery

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO4 Critically analyse the fluid flow systems as part of a wider engineering application and be able to solve relevant problems.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO5 Make judgments about the role of fluid flow systems in relation to wider practical applications.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

A coursework element (30% weighting) will be used, comprising a small portfolio of laboratory practicals, in order to develop practical skills and underpin theoretical knowledge gained in lectures. Practical laboratory data will be simulated using a state of the art software for Fluid Systems. The practicals will be supervised and will take place in Northumbria’s mechanical and construction engineering laboratories. The practicals and simulations will be written up into a single report submission. MLO1, 3, 5.

There will be a written examination to be taken at the end of the teaching semester (70% weighting). The purpose of this will be to test your ability to analyse, design and evaluate fluid carrier systems. MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Written and verbal feedback on these marked assessments will assist you for your future development. Feedback on practical laboratory experiences will allow you to reflect on what you are learning in the context of real fluid flow situations.

Formative Assessments

Formative feedback will also be provided on laboratory work that is designed to integrate theory and practice. MLO1, 3, 5.


KB4000 or equivalent



Module abstract

Fluid systems form an integral part of many mechanical, building and process systems installations ranging from low velocity fluid flow in lubrication systems and high speed flow in compressible flow in converging-diverging ducts to energy distribution services in building and process plants. You will learn how to apply basic fluid mechanics theory to such systems and then use the results to make design decisions regarding the choice of fluid carrier mechanisms. You will acquire knowledge and skills in high demand by engineering practitioners whilst also having a responsibility for creating sensitive and discrete solutions to those parts of a distributed system that are frequently highly visible. Your new knowledge and skills acquired in this module will be assessed by an examination (70%) and a coursework report (30%).

Course info

UCAS Code H3P3

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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