Cannot be taken with: MAT1630, MEC162

Aims/Description: The first part of this course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of the behaviour of solids, liquids and gases that are essential to an engineer. The broad areas introduced are thermodynamics, fluid flow and mechanics, and students will encounter the physical basis of important properties, their evaluation and application to practical examples. The course then teaches the inter-relationship between pressure, flow and temperature and how this affects the design, performance and energy terms of engineering components and systems. Irreversibility, both from the point of friction and entropy change will be examined both qualitatively and quantitatively. Finally, examples of energy conversion in the form of power cycles will be provided.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to students within the Faculty of Engineering

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Classroom testing

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Mechanical Engineering):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK