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AMME9261: Fluid Mechanics 1

Semester 1, 2024 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit introduces students to fluid statics and fluid dynamics. At the end of the unit students will have a fundamental understanding of fluid mechanics principles, an ability to apply fluid mechanics principles to engineering problems, and an ability to use basic sensors to acquire data from fluid flow experiments. The unit will cover the fundamentals governing the statics and dynamics of fluids in the context of internal flow systems such as pipes and pumps and external flow systems such as wings and airfoils. The unit will begin with the properties of fluids, pressure and pressure measurement, forces in fluid statics, and buoyancy. Students will then progress to fluid dynamics which will include integral and differential conservation of mass and momentum in a continuum, non-dimensional numbers, measuring and analysing signals from fluid flows, the Bernoulli and Euler Equations, potential flow, and an introduction to turbomachinery.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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AMME5200
Assumed knowledge
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Students are expected to be familiar with first year basic maths: integral calculus, differential calculus and linear algebra

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Agisilaos Kourmatzis, agisilaos.kourmatzis@sydney.edu.au
The census date for this unit availability is 2 April 2024
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
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hurdle task
Final Exam
Final Exam Assessing All Modules from the Unit of Study
60% Formal exam period 2.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Small continuous assessment Continuous Tutorial Assessment
Tutorial question submission covering weekly content
5% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Small continuous assessment Weekly MCQ
Multiple choice concept questions aligned to weekly lectures
5% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
Quiz 1-Short online assessment testing materials from modules 1 and 2
5% Week 04
Due date: 11 Mar 2024 at 13:00
50mins
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
Quiz 2-Short online assessment testing materials from modules 2 and 3
5% Week 07
Due date: 08 Apr 2024 at 13:00
50mins
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO5 LO3
Tutorial quiz Quiz 3
Quiz 3-Short online assessment testing materials from modules 3 and 4
5% Week 10
Due date: 29 Apr 2024 at 13:00
50mins
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO5 LO4
Assignment group assignment Lab report
Lab Report for Wind Tunnel Lab
15% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2024 at 23:59
15 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • In-Class (Canvas) Assessments: The lecture and tutorial assignments run online through Canvas will help students absorb the concepts and stay up to date with the pace of lectures. Assignments will elucidate the relevance of the basic concepts with respect to engineering applications.
  • Quizzes: There will be canvas quizzes at the conclusion of main topics. These, as well as regular assignments will keep students up-to-date with the lecture material.
  • Lab report: The laboratory sessions and reports will assess student’s appreciation of the practical relevance and application of the subject matter.  The lab report will be submitted through Canvas-turnitin.
  • Final exam: The final examination will help evaluate the overall understanding of the concepts covered in this UoS and the student’s ability to analyze and solve related problems.
  • Minimum Performance Criteria: Students must achieve an exam mark of at least 45% (i.e. 27 out of 60) in order to pass this unit of study, regardless of the sum of the individual component marks. If a student receives less than the minimum exam mark, then the overall grade for the unit will be a maximum of 45%.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

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

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

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

For more information see guide to grades.

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

As per University Policy

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

Support for students

The Support for Students Policy 2023 reflects the University’s commitment to supporting students in their academic journey and making the University safe for students. It is important that you read and understand this policy so that you are familiar with the range of support services available to you and understand how to engage with them.

The University uses email as its primary source of communication with students who need support under the Support for Students Policy 2023. Make sure you check your University email regularly and respond to any communications received from the University.

Learning resources and detailed information about weekly assessment and learning activities can be accessed via Canvas. It is essential that you visit your unit of study Canvas site to ensure you are up to date with all of your tasks.

If you are having difficulties completing your studies, or are feeling unsure about your progress, we are here to help. You can access the support services offered by the University at any time:

Support and Services (including health and wellbeing services, financial support and learning support)
Course planning and administration
Meet with an Academic Adviser

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Fluid Properties Independent study (6 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Fluid Statics Independent study (18 hr) LO3 LO5
Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics Independent study (14 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Applied fluid dynamics 1-dimensional analysis Independent study (10 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Applied fluid dynamics 2-inviscid Flows Independent study (18 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Applied fluid dynamics 3-viscous flows Independent study (10 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Revision Topics Independent study (15 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Work Practical (3 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 01 Module 1: introduction & fluid properties Online class (1 hr) LO5
Introduction and fluid properties Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO5
Week 02 Module 2: fluid statics Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Module 2: fluid statics Online class (2 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 03 Module 2: fluid statics Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Module 2: fluid statics Online class (2 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Fluid statics Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 04 Module 2: fluid statics Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Module 2: fluid statics Online class (2 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Module 3: fundamentals of fluid dynamics Tutorial (2 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Fluid Statics Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Module 3: fundamentals of fluid dynamics Online class (2 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 Module 3: fundamentals of fluid dynamics Tutorial (2 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Module 3: fundamentals of fluid dynamics Online class (2 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Module 3: fundamentals of fluid dynamics Tutorial (2 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Module 3: fundamentals of fluid dynamics Online class (2 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Fundamentals of fluid dynamics Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Module 4: applied fluid dynamics 1 – dimensional analysis Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Module 4: applied fluid dynamics 1 – dimensional analysis Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Fundamentals of fluid dynamics Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Module 5: applied fluid dynamics 2 – inviscid flows Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Module 5: applied fluid dynamics 2 – inviscid flows Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lecture on Experimental Methods Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Module 5: applied fluid dynamics 2 – inviscid flows Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lecture on Experimental Methods and Labs Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO5
Module 5: applied fluid dynamics 2 – inviscid flows Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Module 5: applied fluid dynamics 2 – inviscid flows Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Module 5: applied fluid dynamics 2 – inviscid flows Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Applied fluid dynamics 2-inviscid flows Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Module 6: applied fluid dynamics 3 – viscous flows Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Module 6: applied fluid dynamics 3 – viscous flows Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Revision 1 Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Revision Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Revision Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Revision 2 Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Lectures/Lectorials: Weekly in person lectures/lectorials will usually be interactive and go through weekly mcq questions, worked examples and other revision activities. These are supplemented by the online pre-recorded lecture material which is all accessed through canvas.

Tutorials: Will be in person and will involve weekly submissions which are aligned to the core material.

Lab Reports: Students will submit group lab reports based on data collected in labs. One 2hr lab will be done per group and attendance is mandatory.

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.

  • Fox and McDonald`s Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. Wiley

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. complete laboratory experiments and analyse and interpret the results in a formal lab report, in groups
  • LO2. evaluate the relevant flow parameters for fluid flow in internal engineering systems such as pipes and pumps (velocities, losses, etc…), and external systems such as flow over wings and airfoils (lift and drag)
  • LO3. analyze and determine the forces governing static fluids
  • LO4. analyze and determine the properties of a fluid in motion
  • LO5. demonstrate an ability to implement theoretical principles towards solving typical fluid mechanics problems
  • LO6. evaluate and use some of the basic equations governing the statics and dynamics of fluids.

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Excellent feedback was received for the unit last year and so nothing has been changed in terms of assessment. Tutorial duration has increased from 1.5hrs to 2hrs. A pilot study will be undertaken in parallel to this unit of study this year to introduce more hands-on learning during the lectorials, however this will not be rolled out formally into the unit of study until 2025.

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