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Course module: 202100011
Project & academic skills 5: Thermal & Fluid Engineering
Course infoSchedule
Course module202100011
Credits (ECTS)3
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. T. Weinhart
Examiner B.M. de Gooijer - Hoeben
Contactperson for the course
dr. T. Weinhart
dr. T. Weinhart
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

  • analyse and design a fluid engineering application
  • The student can clearly explain what his qualities and interests are and is able to make a well-considered choice for after the bachelor programme.
  • The student is able to recognize and describe ethical dilemmas in the development of mechanical engineering technology.
This is a part of Semester 6 of the Bachelor Mechanical Engineering (UT-VU) See here for the compete description of this semester.

Content Project
The subject of the project varies and will be changed yearly. Typical examples of subjects are the design and analysis of a heart-lung machine, the design and analysis of ventilation therapy, or the design and analysis of a cardiac pump. These subjects are primarily health-related and comprise considerable and relevant challenges in the fields of fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The project consists of four phases:
  • Phase 1: Problem formulation and a literature review.
  • Phase 2: First assessment using reduced models (for example lumped system analysis).
  • Phase 3: Advanced assessment using more advanced models for (a) selected part(s) of the system.
  • Phase 4: Reporting, presentation and assessment.

Content Academic skills 5
During block 16, several meetings (presentations, lab visits and drinks) will be organized by various master tracks for which a mechanical engineering student can enrol. The students are invited to join these meetings. At the end of block 17, the students need to discuss their master of choice with the study coordinator. This conversation is required to obtain the semester 6 academic skills credits. The student can recognize and describe ethical dilemmas in the development of mechanical engineering technology.

Several ethical dilemmas related to the project are posed to the project group. The group has to choose one of the dilemmas and describe the problem and the solution that is most suitable for their point of view. The report has to be handed in together with the final report.

The credits for academic skills in semester 6 will be awarded if
  • The student has discussed with the study advisor about the choice of the master programme
  • The student has handed in the report about an ethical engineering dilemma
Project: Report and Oral Exam
Skills: Discussion (Master track) Report (ethics)

Please note: This course takes place in Amsterdam and is only accessible for BSc UT-VU ME students.

Assumed previous knowledge
Prior Knowledge
Previous semester knowledge
Participating study
Bachelor Mechanical Engineering-VU
Required materials
Study Materials On canvas
Recommended materials
Instructional modes

Presence dutyYes


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