Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to this course is subject to the agreement of the Head of the Discipline offering the course and will depend on the applicant's academic background in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Fluid dynamics of turbomachines Introduction: background, scope and significance of rotodynamic fluid machinery. Configurations and classifications of turbomachine. Flow systems and system matching. Governing equations; Euler work equation. Performance characteristics, efficiencies. Dimensional analysis – incompresssible and compressible machines. Specific speeds. Selection of turbomachine configuration. Two-dimensional cascades. Mean-line analysis and design of compressors and turbine. Incompressible flow machines, axial and radial flow types: pumps, fans, turbines. Compressible flow machines, axial and radial flow: compressors, turbochargers, gas & steam turbines. Overview of open flow turbomachines: turbines, propellers. Related topics in Fluid Dynamics Turbulent flows – classification and characteristics. Turbulence models. Introduction to computational fluid dynamics. Application of CFD to turbomachines. 

    Learning Outcomes
    The successful student will be able to: 1)    Define and classify turbomachines. 2)    Calculate and apply head, flow and power coefficients for performance assesssment. 3)    Select turbomachines appropriate to particular applications and duties. 4)    Describe and explain the flow phenomena in turbomachine components. 5)    Perform design, on a preliminary basis, of blading for axial and radial flow pumps and turbines. 6)    Conduct numerical computations of turbomachine flow and performance.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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