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CHNG9201: Fluid Mechanics

This unit of study is designed for postgraduate students who should be proficient at applying the basic principles of mass, energy and momentum balances to solve advanced engineering problems involving fluid flow, heat and mass transfer. Further, students will be able to perform simple dimensional analysis and to see the utility of this general approach in engineering: for example in friction factors, heat and mass-transfer correlations. Students will also develop skills in the advanced design of different types of chemical reactors, given the corresponding chemical rate law. The focus of this unit of study is to provide the key concepts and principles as tools through keynote lectures, with supporting tutorials and laboratory sessions giving valuable hands-on experience. Guidance will be provided to students to seek additional detailed information for specific applications in their projects. This unit of study runs concurrently with another enabling technology unit of study CHNG9202. These two units together will provide students with the tools and know-how to tackle the real-life engineering problems encountered in the concurrent project-based unit of study, CHNG9203. This integrated course structure is designed to help students become familiar with the multi-disciplinary nature of chemical engineering today.

Code CHNG9201
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
CHNG5701 OR CHNG2801
Assumed knowledge:
Calculus, Computations (Matlab, Excel), Mass and Energy Balances

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

  • LO1. compile a concise, informative engineering report
  • LO2. conduct group projects for professional reports in both written and oral English
  • LO3. explore and collate relevant information from literature, and other resources for an engineering context
  • LO4. understand fluid properties and defining a fluid
  • LO5. demonstrating an understanding of conservation of mass and energy
  • LO6. understand the basic principles of mass, energy and momentum balances
  • LO7. conduct and report laboratory experiments
  • LO8. derive differential and integral forms of the continuity and momentum equations for steady/unsteady, compressible/incompressible, viscous and inviscid flows
  • LO9. demonstrate the use of dimensional analysis (friction factors, heat and mass-transfer correlations) in order to generalise the understanding of all these rate processes.