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ME 630 Turbomachinery

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ME 540 Turbomachinery (3). Prerequisites: ME 310 and ME 401. The thermo¬dynamics and fluid mechanics of turbomachinery. Dimensional analysis and performance mapping. Preliminary design procedures. Blading and flow path design. Experimental and theoretical methods for determination of flow losses. Flowfield calculations and performance prediction.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Power and refrigeration cycles
  2. Exergy analysis
  3. Thermodynamics property relations
  4. Inviscid incompressible flow
  5. Introduction to compressible flow
  6. Introduction to boundary layer theory


S.L. Dixon, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics of Turbomachinery, Third Edition, Pergamon Press, 1998.


W.G. Cobourn, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to give graduate professional students in Mechanical Engineering experience in applying principles of basic engineering science to the design and analysis of various types of turbomachinery. Several small design projects and one major computer aided design project are assigned. The design projects concern both turbines and compressors, including axial as well as the radial and mixed flow types.


  1. Thermodynamics (3 classes)
  2. Compressible flow with losses (6 classes)
  3. Flow in blade channels (9 classes)
  4. Turbine flow path design (6 classes)
  5. Compressor flow path design (3 classes)
  6. Three-dimensional flow in turbomachines (6 classes)
  7. Performance prediction (6 classes)
  8. Dimensional analysis (3 classes)
  9. Mid-term examinations (1 class)

Computer Use

Use of software packages in Turbomachinery Design.

Laboratory Projects



Homework – 25%, Midterm Exam – 25%, Term Paper – 25%, Final Exam – 25%. The term papers will concern contemporary topics in turbomachinery design.

Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.

Professional Component Contribution

Engineering science: 1 credit, engineering design: 2 credits.

Relationship to Program Objectives

This course supports Mechanical Engineering program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by W.G. Cobourn, March 2006

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