Advanced Thermofluids (526H3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

Gain an introduction of the fundamental equations of fluid mechanics.

We will:

  • address the phenomenon of turbulence and transition, Reynolds averaging and turbulence modelling
  • address boundary layer integral methods. Introduce the chemistry and thermodynamics of combustion
  • provide an awareness of the importance of unsteady flows in the equations and in the physical world, including instability effects
  • outline the broad range of flow instrumentation; pressure, velocity, temperature, time resolution including non-intrusive techniques and calibration
  • derive Reynolds lubrication equation
  • understand the central role of Couette and Poiseuille flows
  • introduce the physical nature of compressible flows
  • address today’s importance of renewable energy and introduce its various techniques.


100%: Lecture


30%: Coursework (Report)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.