Checking date: 10/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Fluid installations and hydraulic machinery
Study: Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (256)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
- All the courses in mathematics (calculus, algebra, etc.) - Engineering fluid mechanics
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
The goal of this course is make the student familiar with the application of Fluid Mechanics to industry-related problems, chiefly the transport and distribution of fluids. At the end of the course, the student must be able to: - Understand the physical problems associated to the transport and distribution of fluids through networks. - Make the necessary hypotheses to apply, in a rigorous way, the fluid mechanics conservation laws to real problems. - Identify the role of the different elements existing in a transport network. - Define the necessary steps to design and analyze a fluid transport installation.
Description of contents: programme
This is an eminently practical course, so the student must master the necessary fundamental knowledges at the time on enrollment. CHAPTER 1: Steady flow of liquids in ducts 1.1 Primary head losses. Colebrook correlation and Moody¿s chart. 1.2 Non-circular cross-section ducts. Hydraulic diameter. 1.3 Localized head losses: Valves, Elbows, curves, expansions, contractions, etc. 1.4 Coupling of turbomachinery to hydraulic facilities. CHAPTER 2: Steady flow of liquids in pipe networks. 2.1 Pipes in series and in parallel. 2.2 Analysis of branched ducts: the three-reservoirs problem. 2.3 Analysis of closed-loop pipe networks. Matrix algorithm and its numerical implementation. CHAPTER 3: Unsteady phenomena in pipe flow. 3.1 Theory of unsteady incompressible flow in ducts. 3.2 Characteristic acceleration and discharge times. Quasi-steady flow. 3.3 Order-of-magnitude analysis of characteristic variables in unsteady pipenetworks flow. Non-dimensionalization of the equations. 3.4 Applications. Surge tanks. 3.5 Compressibility effects. Basic theory of water hammer. Reflection and transmission of waves. Applications. CHAPTER 4: Introduction to turbomachinery. 4.1 Definitions. Classification of incompressible fluid machines. 4.2 Characteristic curves of pumps ad turbines. 4.3 Cavitation in turbomachinery. 4.4 Similarity in pumps. 4.5 Similarity in turbines. 4.6 Coupling of pumps and turbines to a hydraulic network.
Learning activities and methodology
The methodology will include: (1) Lectures, where the basic knowledges will be exposed. (2) Resolution of problems. (3) Resolution of problems by the student, that will be useful to self-assess his/her knowledge and develop the necessary skills. (4) The students will attend to the lab sessions and elaborate the lab reports.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Antonio Crespo Martínez. Mecánica de Fluidos. Thomson. 2006
  • Antonio Crespo y Julio Hernández. Problemas de Mecánica de Fluidos y Máquinas Hidráulicas. Cuadernos de la UNED. 1996
  • Frank M. White. Fluid Mechanics. McGraw-Hill. 2003
  • M. Vera, I. Iglesias, A.L. Sánchez y C. Martínez. Ingeniería Fluidomecánica. Paraninfo. 2012
Additional Bibliography
  • Antonio Barrero y Miguel Pérez-Saborid. Fundamentos y Aplicaciones de la Mecánica de Fluidos. McGraw-Hill. 2005
  • G.F. Round. Incompressible Flow Turbomachines: Design, Selection, Applications, and Theory. Butterworth-Heinemann. 2004
  • M Hanif Chaudhry. Applied Hydraulic Transients. Springer. 2014

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.