Undergraduate courses at Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) are 5-years course, divided into Fundamental (2 years) and Professional (3 years). The Flow Machines, in the Mechanical-Aeronautical Engineering Course, is offered by the Turbomachines Department and is taught in the first semester of the fourth year (2nd professional year). In the course, the basic theory, unified for all machines, is presented in details for the students, emphasizing the physics of all processes involved in the fluid-machine energy transfer. Incompressible and compressible fluids are treated accordingly. The flow machines types are individually studied, focusing attention to their performance characteristics and range of applications. The preliminary design and off-design operation issues are discussed in details with the students, with emphasis on relevant aspects of each machine, like cavitation, stall and surge. The students are taught on how to choose the flow properties at the blade edges for the sake of preliminary design and off-design performance estimations. Loss models are introduced during the theory classes and popular models are presented. At this point, in-house computer codes and commercial software are presented to the students, who are asked to solve simple problems. The installation, operation and basic performance calculations are also presented for the students during the lab classes for several hydraulic machines installed at ITA laboratories. All course material is transferred for the students in pdf format before classes. In this work, the experience with the teaching process in flow machines at ITA, theory and laboratory, is described.

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