ES19015 Dynamics and Thermodynamics
Introductory description
This module is designed to provide all School of Engineering students a foundation on which to build further study of bodies in motion and thermodynamics as applied to any engineering discipline.
Module aims
To present the fundamental concepts of dynamic mechanical systems and the nature of thermodynamic systems that underpin many branches of engineering science.
Outline syllabus
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
The module is divided into two themes:
(A) Dynamics
 Ai. Fundamental laws governing dynamics: gravitational attraction, Newton’s laws;
 Aii. Kinematic analysis in 1D and 2D covering both linear and angular systems and examples of their application, to include the Cartesian, polar and path form of the velocity and acceleration vector;
 Aiii. Kinetics of 1D systems including examples with variable acceleration, concept of conservative forces;
 Aiv. Alternative dynamic analysis methods: impulsemomentum and energy methods and examples of their application.
(B) Thermodynamics  Bi. Thermodynamic Properties
 Bii: The First Law
 Biii: The Second Law
 Biv: Heat Transfer and Heat Exchangers
The module also includes 2 laboratory exercises.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
 Dynamic Mechanics: To understand the basic principles that operate in dynamic mechanical systems, and to achieve an understanding of Kinematics in 1D and 2D space using Cartesian, polar and path coordinate systems.
 Thermodynamics: To be able to apply 1st Law of Thermodynamics in open and closed systems.
 Dynamic Mechanics: To be able to quantify Kinetic problems in 1D and 2D, with some applications considering variable acceleration.
 Dynamic Mechanics: To appreciate impulsemomentum and energy methods and their application to quantify dynamic engineering systems.
 Thermodynamics: To develop an understanding of the thermodynamic properties of systems, the nature of heat, and apply this knowledge.
 Thermodynamics: To be able to apply the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and understand entropy and apply this knowledge.
 Whole course: To develop an ability to make appropriate assumptions to simplify and thus model reallife Engineering problems.
Indicative reading list
For Thermodynamics :
 “Thermodynamics for Engineers, Third Edition” by M.C. Potter, C.W. Somerton, Schaum’s Outlines, 2014, ISBN: 9780071830829.
 “Basic Engineering Thermodynamics” by P.B. Whalley, Oxford University Press, 1992, ISBN: 9780198562559.
 “Equilibrium Thermodynamics, Third Edition” by C.J. Adkins, Cambridge University Press, 1982, ISBN: 9780521274562.
For Dynamics :
(1) F. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr., Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics (2009).
(2) R. C. Hibbeler, Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (2012).
(3) A. M. Bedford, Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (2007).
View reading list on Talis Aspire
Subject specific skills
SM1p Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline, to enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering context, and to support their understanding of relevant historical, current and future developments and technologies.
SM2p Knowledge and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline and to enable them to apply mathematical and statistical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems.
EA1p Understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key engineering processes.
D6p Communicate their work to technical and nontechnical audiences.
ET6p Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, including health & safety, environmental and commercial risk, and of risk assessment and risk management techniques.
EP3p Ability to apply relevant practical and laboratory skills
EP8p Ability to work with technical uncertainty
Transferable skills
Appreciate the importance of concepts such as motion, forces, energy, heat transfer in everyday life.
Write concise reports of technical events.
Apply mathematical and computational methods to find answers.
Apply problem solving skills in the search for unknown quantities.
Study time
Type  Required 

Lectures  30 sessions of 1 hour (30%) 
Practical classes  2 sessions of 4 hours (8%) 
Other activity  11 hours (11%) 
Private study  51 hours (51%) 
Total  100 hours 
Private study description
 55 hours of guided independent learning
Other activity description
 4 hours of examples lectures
 1 Computerbased formative test
 4 hours revision Lectures
 1 hour laboratory briefings
 1 hour laboratory feedback
Costs
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.
Assessment group D6
Weighting  Study time  

Inertia laboratory assignment  15%  5 hours 
Laboratory assignment (up to 5 pages) on the laboratory exercise. 

Energy Balance laboratory assignment  15%  5 hours 
Laboratory assignment (up to 5 pages report plus 2 pages data sheet as annex) on the laboratory exercise. 

Online Examination  70%  40 hours 
2 * 1 hour QMP online tests to be scheduled in same time slot with short break inbetween ~Platforms  AEP,QMP

Feedback on assessment
 Model solutions to past papers.
 Support through advice and feedback hours.
 Feedback on marked laboratory assignments.
 Feedback on computerbased formative test (dynamics).
 Cohortlevel feedback on final exam.
Postrequisite modules
If you pass this module, you can take:
 ES48015 Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems
Courses
This module is Core for:
 Year 1 of UESAH335 BEng Automotive Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH161 BEng Biomedical Systems Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH216 BEng Civil Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH63W BEng Electronic Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH113 BEng Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAHN15 BEng Engineering Business Management
 Year 1 of UESAHH75 BEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH315 BEng Mechanical Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAHH35 BEng Systems Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAHN11 BSc Engineering and Business Studies
 Year 1 of UESAH336 MEng Automotive Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH163 MEng Biomedical Systems Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH217 MEng Civil Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH63X MEng Electronic Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH114 MEng Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAHH76 MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH316 MEng Mechanical Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAHH31 MEng Systems Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH605 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering
 Year 1 of UESAH606 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng