Course Syllabus

Teaching method

The course has all the lectures and exercises pre-recorded. Videos with viewing instructions are given in the schedule below, together with listings of recommended tasks, hand-in-problems, consultation times and lecture seminars. The lecture seminars discuss lecture content and are compulsory. Successful participation gives bonus credits. 

Aim of course
The course aims at providing fundamental knowledge about the design and industrial application of turbomachinery. This involves developing an insight into applied thermodynamics and aerodynamics, as well as to apply this knowledge to in several technology areas.

Learning goals 
•    Explain how turbomachinery is applied in various fields of power generation such as nuclear and combined cycle power plants, wind and hydropower engineering and process industry. 
•    Formulate turbomachinery design criteria for a range of applications.
•    Carry out preliminary design of a range of turbomachines
•    Be able to apply commercial tools to outline more detailed turbomachinery design

The course aims at giving a broad introduction to the field of turbomachinery. This is primarily done by describing the work principle and underlying theory of a number of turbomachinery components. The equations describing the energy transfer between the fluid and the rotating component are applied to centrifugal and axial pumps, fans, axial compressors, gas and steam turbines, hydraulic turbines and wind turbines. 

Course responsible
Lecturer/Examiner: Tomas Grönstedt, Fluid mechanics, 031-7721409,
Lecturer: Håkan Nilsson, Fluid mechanics, 031-7721414,
Lecturer: Hamid Abedi, Fluid mechanics, 031-772 1390,
Course assistant, Oliver Sjögren, Fluid Mechanics,
Assistant: Gonzalo Montero Villar, Fluid Mechanics, 031-7721571,
Assistant: Debarshee Ghosh, Fluid Mechanics,

“Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Turbomachinery”, S. L. Dixon and C. Hall, 7th edition, 
ISBN: 978-0-12-415954-9, available from the Cremona book shop for 549 SEK.
An E-book is also available (free of charge) at

Completed warm up exercise (for CFD lab), hand-in-problems (up to 10 bonus credits), high-pressure turbine rotor design lab (computer lab), and completion of Francis turbine lab are compulsory.

Lecture seminar series (Tuesdays) gives possibility for extra bonus credits. A list of "typical" questions distributed for the seminars will be accumulated here

On-cite class-room exam (this is the current Chalmers recommendation): Written five-hour exam consisting of four calculation problems and two theory problems (total 60 credits with 24, 36, 48 as grading limits). The exam starts with a closed book theory part. After this first theory bit, the course book (+other material) may then be used to solve the problems given.

The list of theory problems is found here. 

Full PM on pdf



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