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Short Learning Programme
the Basics of Thermal-Fluid Sciences
As professionals working in the nuclear industry, it is important to continually refresh knowledge and skills in the field. This course supports continuous professional development in Thermal-Fluid Sciences.

Purpose of the course:

Participants should gain knowledge of, and skills in: The use of important fundamental concepts in Thermodynamics, Fluid mechanics, Heat transfer and Turbo machines.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Experience in chemical- / nuclear- / mechanical engineering industry.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
NQF level 7 Qualification in Engineering or the equivalent thereof.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria


After completion of this module, participants should be able to Apply knowledge and understanding on:

  •    concepts of Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat transfer and Turbo machines by analysing and solving simple industry related problems.
  •    thermal-fluid cycles with the engineering code EES (Engineering Equation Solver.)
  •    how the different constituent parts of an integrated system interact and influence each other by describing the interaction and calculating the effect of changing certain variables
  •    performance of simple and complex systems and propose actions to improve their performance.

I (the assessor) will know that the participant has achieved this specific outcome if he/she can apply knowledge and understanding on how to:

  • Calculate the missing properties of a substance.
  • Use the First Law to analyse closed and open systems.
  • Use entropy to analyse ideal a real system.
  • Do calculations on cycles (integrated systems) in order to evaluate their performance.
  • Show your understanding of the concept of dimensional analysis and similitude so that you know what it means when encountered in the industry and to come up with possible solutions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the laws for a finite control volume by applying your knowledge in solving related problems and to make proposals on how to improve a system.
  • Use the laws of incompressible viscous flow through pipes and to solve problems in this regard as well as to indicate where improvement could be considered.
  • Understand one-dimensional compressible flow, and be able to apply your under-standing to the solving of flow problems in systems.
  • Communicate findings and proposals by using IT equipment in communication to relay information to professional audiences.
  • Act ethically sound in all operations.


Attendance at the lecture sessions is also required. Pass with 50%.
Method of assessment: 
Four-hour exam completed using EES.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
This can also act as a refresher course or a first introduction for professionals in the power generation industry, the nuclear-; chemical-; mechanical engineering industry.
Contact us
Ms Sue-Mari van Rooyen
Telephone number: 
018 299 4369