TF101321 - Thermodynamics and fluid flow


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours D

Course content

The course consists of three main parts:

1. Basic thermodynamics / heat transfer: Basic concepts (temperature, pressure, internal energy and enthalpy, specific properties and dimensions); energy balances for various forms of energy with the first law of thermodynamics for open and closed systems.

2. Thermal machines and processes: Cycle processes for thermal power machines and refrigeration plants. Internal combustion engines, fuels and combustion. The second law of thermodynamics - thermal efficiencies. Climate control and air conditioning.

3. Basic flow theory: Flow in pipes, laminar and turbulent flow. Pressure loss in piping systems. Pumps, operating conditions and regulation of performance. The concept of cavitation and measures to avoid cavitation.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: After completing the course, the student should be able to account for basic topics and terminology within heating and flow theory, thermal power machines and processes.

Have a basic understanding of gases / liquids and the occurrence of liquid or gas phase, as well as properties associated with each phase and phase transition.

Have a basic understanding of energy and power in the form of heat and work, as well as the transition and transformation between the various forms of energy.

Basic understanding of various fuels, combustion processes, as well as exhaust emissions.

Be able to demonstrate an understanding of flow in pipe systems, and properties of pumps.

Be able to account for hull resistance and propulsion.

Skills: After completing the course, the student should be able to analyze and calculate simple thermodynamic processes and carry out calculations of pipe systems and pumps.

Be able to understand and participate in evaluations, including estimates of operating conditions, energy balances, efficiencies, energy consumption, and characteristic features of thermal power machines, compressors, and refrigeration systems / heat pumps.

Be able to use the knowledge about the properties of liquids and gases to perform simple calculations / assessments of the cargo environment and atmosphere and assess necessary measures.

Must be able to use formulas, tables, diagrams and software to make estimates.

Be able to make assessments of pump selection and operating methods for pumps.

General competence: After completing the course, the student should be able to actively participate in professional discussions with crew and expert environments related to topics in the subject and have the ability to share their knowledge and experiences with others, as well as contribute to the development of good practice.

Use a basic competence to acquire additional competence in the subject area and adjacent subject areas.

Learning methods and activities

Pedagogical methods: Lectures and exercises. Submission of compulsory assignments. Mandatory work requirements: 3/4 of the exercises must be submitted and approved by the deadline. Laboratory exercises with submission of report.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig

Further on evaluation

Permitted aids for written school exams: Collection of formulas, approved calculator. The postponed exam is arranged in the following semester and is carried out as an oral exam with a duration of approx. 20 minutes.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Nautical Studies (353MN)
Nautical Studies (353YV)

Course materials

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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Nautic
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-15 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
G326 Gnisten/Fagskolen 33
C215 Ankeret/Hovedbygget 3

Examination arrangement: Oral Exam (Resit)

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring UTS Oral Exam (Resit) 100/100 2024-03-05 08:30
Room Building Number of candidates
B431 Hovedbygget 0
Spring UTS2 Oral Exam (Resit) 100/100 2024-05-15 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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