Checking date: 28/07/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Fluid transport and hydraulic machinery
Study: Bachelor in Energy Engineering (280)


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

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
- All previous courses on Mathematics (Calculus, Algebra, etc.) - Engineering Fluid Mechanics
The objective of this course is to get the student to be able to apply Fluid Mechanics to Industrial problems; essentially to deal with networks to transport and distribute fluids. The student will learn specific techniques and will develop his capcity to deal with this kind of problems. At the end of this course, the student will be capable of: - Understand the problematics of fluid transport through networks. - Use adequate hypothesis to apply the conservation equations to real problems. - Identify the different elements in a fluid transport network. - Define the necessary steps to design and analyze a fluid distribution installation.
Skills and learning outcomes
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-reservoir 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 pipe networks 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 combine: (1) Lectures for the presentation of the fundamentals. (2) Problem solving sessions. (3) Laboratory sessions, to take place in a virtual computer room, will consist of an introduction to Matlab to enable the students to use linear numerical linear algebra techniques to solve the hydraulics equations for pipe networks. The students will have to elaborate a project and present a report.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • A. Crespo, J. Hernández. Problemas de Mecánica de Fluidos y Máquinas Hidráulicas. Cuadernos de la UNED. 1996
  • Crespo Martínez, Antonio. . Mecánica de fluidos. . Thomson Paraninfo. . 2006
  • George F. Round. Incompressible Flow Turbomachines: Design, Selection, Applications, and Theory. Butterworth-Heinemann. 2004
  • M Hanif Chaudhry. Applied Hydraulic Transients. Springer. 2014
  • M. Vera, I. Iglesias, A. Sánchez, C. Martínez. Ingeniería Fuidomecánica. Paraninfo. 2012
  • Ven Te Chow. Open-Channel Hydraulics. The Blackburn Press. 1999.
  • White, Frank. Fluid Mechanics. McGraw-Hill . 2010

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.