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AMME5292: Advanced Fluid Dynamics

This unit of study aims to cover advanced concepts in fluid dynamics, focusing particularly on turbulent flows, optical and laser based experimentation, and applied fluid dynamics in the context of engineering design. Specific topics to be covered will be: instability and turbulence, Reynolds decomposition, the Kolmogorov hypotheses, laser-based fluid flow measurement, and applied concepts such as multiphase flows, environmental flows, and biomedical flows. The project component of the unit will give students the opportunity to work on an advanced topical research or practical problem in fluid dynamics.


Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code AMME5292
Unit name Advanced Fluid Dynamics
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

MECH3261 OR MECH9261 OR CIVL3612 OR CIVL9612 OR AERO3260 OR AERO9260

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Agi Kourmatzis,
Lecturer(s) Agi Kourmatzis ,
Nicholas Williamson,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz Online Canvas Quiz 2
Quiz 2
5% - n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6
Tutorial quiz Online Canvas Quiz 1
Quiz 1
5% - n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
Final exam Final Online Exam (On Canvas)
Final Online Canvas Exam
40% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO5 LO4
Assignment group assignment Preliminary project report
15% Week 08 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6
Assignment hurdle task group assignment Major project
35% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Preliminary project report: The assignment will enable students to formalise task allocation to group members, complete a literature review for their project, formulate a plan with specific technical objectives, and report on key progress made on their projects. 
  • Major project: Students would have chosen a major topic in advanced fluid dynamics and will undertake a group project, which will culminate in a technical report and movie presentation. The project will include experimental design, data collection and/or analysis, technical writing as well as a presentation of research conclusions, and aims to help students to consolidate all of the fluid dynamics concepts they have learnt in their major/stream.
  • Quizzes: There will be quizzes at the conclusion of two main topics.
  • Final exam: The final examination will help evaluate the overall understanding of the theoretical and applied concepts covered in this unit of study and the student’s ability to analyse and solve related problems.
  • Minimum Performance Criteria: Students must submit their preliminary project report and major project in order to pass this unit. Additionally, students must achieve a minimum of 45% on the major project submission in order to pass this unit, regardless of the sum of the individual component marks.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Introduction; 2. Re-visiting the governing equations Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 02 1. Introduction; 2. Re-visiting the governing equations Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 03 Unstable flows and the theory of turbulence Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 04 Unstable flows and the theory of turbulence Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 05 Unstable Flows and the Theory of Turbulence Online class (5 hr)  
Week 06 Unstable flows and the theory of turbulence Online class (5 hr)  
Week 07 Advanced experimental fluid dynamics Online class (5 hr)  
Week 08 Advanced experimental fluid dynamics Online class (5 hr)  
Week 09 Advanced experimental fluid dynamics Online class (5 hr)  
Week 10 Advanced concepts: two phase flows Online class (5 hr)  
Week 11 Advanced concepts: two-phase flows Online class (5 hr)  
Week 12 Advanced concepts: environmental flows Online class (5 hr)  
Week 13 Revision Online class (5 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Lecture: 1 x 2 hr Lecture. Lectures will focus on advanced theory, worked examples and illustrations to highlight how the basic principles relate the theory to practical applications. The second hour of some lectures will be devoted to project consultation. In weeks 5 and 9 only there will be an additional timetabled lecture slot (1hr) for quizzes.
  • Tutorial: 2hr tutorial sessions. The interaction with students and the discussions which take place during these sessions will be extremely beneficial. The first part of each tutorial (~45mins-1hr) will be devoted to re-examining the concepts from the lectures and solving worked example questions. The remainder of the time is reserved for students to discuss aspects of their major project in their groups and engage with staff during this process. To maximize the benefits from the tutorial classes, students should attempt some practice problems beforehand and come to the tutorial with specific questions or queries on their projects.
  • Project: A major fluid dynamics project will be undertaken by student groups. A selection of possible projects will be provided, including the option of a student-designed project. The project will enable students to apply advanced fluid dynamics concepts towards either an experimental, theoretical/analytical or design problem.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Franz Durst, Fluid Mechanics An Introduction to the Theory of Fluid Flows. 
  • Stephen B. Pope, Turbulent Flows.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, plan a major project and present outcomes professionally
  • LO2. critically evaluate a topical problem in advanced fluid dynamics and apply theory to analyse the problem, and suggest improvements through research
  • LO3. demonstrate an appreciation of how advanced fluid dynamics principles can be used towards the optimisation of a device or system
  • LO4. critically evaluate and apply theoretical concepts in turbulence to analyse a fluid flow
  • LO5. demonstrate an ability to correctly identify different laser based diagnostic techniques for fluid flow measurement and assess their accuracy
  • LO6. demonstrate capability to use statistical analysis of multivariate data to classify a turbulent flow.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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