MSc Thermal Power & Fluid Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

Boiling Simulation by Lattice Boltzmann Method

This pioneering course has been taught here at the University for almost 40 years. Today, we continue to provide the training and education needed for thermofluid engineers to adapt and prepare for the everchanging demands of the modern world.

Whether you're a recent engineering or science graduate, someone looking to transition from closely related disciplines like Mechanics, Mathematics, or Physics, or a professional looking to not only enhance their expertise in thermofluids but develop skills in analytical, computational, and experimental methods, this course is carefully designed to nurture your potential. The advanced methods taught on this course for the analysis of heat and fluid flow are sought-after in both industrial and research applications.

The objectives of this course are to produce postgraduate specialists with:

  • An advanced understanding of heat and fluid flow processes and their role in modern methods of power generation
  • An in-depth understanding of numerical and experimental techniques in heat and fluid flow

Teaching on the course is delivered by academics from our world-leading research group in the field of turbulence modelling and heat transfer.

Teaching and learning

This is a full-time course studied over 12 months with one start date each year in September. Every year this MSc course in Thermal Power and Fluid Engineering attracts a large number of applications from all around the world, which allows us to select only the best candidates.

Throughout the course, alongside the teaching, special emphasis is placed on both computational and experimental work; the aim is to provide insight through experimentally observed phenomena, and also to provide practical/computational experience of a wide range of measurement and data analysis techniques. Thus, the course has a strong practical orientation which is supported by our department laboratories and facilities and it aims to produce engineers who are able to engage in the design, development and testing of internal combustion engines, turbines or power producing devices. Whilst on the course, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of industrial visits. Relevant companies sometimes offer projects to our students as a result of these visits.

The MSc is continually reviewed and now includes course units such as research and experimental methods, advanced fluid mechanics, advanced heat transfer, engineering thermodynamics, power engineering and computational fluid dynamics. Students are assessed based upon a combination of coursework, laboratory calculations, exams and projects. Upon successful completion of taught modules the students are required to do a research dissertation.

Course unit details

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Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics AERO60122 15 Mandatory
Computational Fluid Dynamics I AERO60711 15 Mandatory
Experimental Methods (MSc Thermal Power & Fluids Engineering) AERO65021 15 Mandatory
Research Methods MECH60041 15 Mandatory
Dissertation (Thermal Power & Fluids Engineering) MECH60200 60 Mandatory
Advanced Power MECH60562 15 Mandatory
Heat Transfer MECH61022 15 Mandatory
Advanced Engineering Fluid Mechanics MECH61042 15 Mandatory
Thermodynamics MECH63081 15 Mandatory
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics AERO60122 15 Optional

The Thermo & Fluids research activity in the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering is one of the strongest in the UK. The School was formed when the University of Manchester was established, in 2004, as a result of the merger between UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester. This has brought together over 20 academics, research-active in Thermo and Fluids topics. The study of Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics has a long tradition in Manchester, starting with Osborne Reynolds, in the 1890s.

More recently the Manchester University and its two precursor institutions established strong reputations in CFD and Turbulence Modelling, IC Engines, Experimental Thermal Hydraulics, Combustion, Sprays and Atomization and Experimental Aerodynamics. There are currently six Specialist Research Discipline Groups in the Thermo and Fluids area;

  • Advanced Flow Diagnostics
  • Experimental Aerodynamics
  • CFD
  • Energy and Multi-Physics
  • Turbulence Mechanics

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