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Unit of study_

CIVL3612: Fluid Mechanics

This unit of study aims to provide an understanding of the conservation of mass and momentum in differential forms for viscous fluid flows. It provides the foundation for advanced study of turbulence, flow around immersed bodies, open channel flow, pipe flow and pump design.

Code CIVL3612
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. write a laboratory report in technical english
  • LO2. understand basic experimental techniques
  • LO3. understanding applications of fluid mechanics
  • LO4. apply the concept of acceleration in a Lagrangian frame of reference in different flow configurations
  • LO5. analyse ideal flows using the potential flow theory
  • LO6. analyse viscous flows using the Navier-Stokes equations
  • LO7. apply appropriate equations and principles to analyse a variety of pipe flow situations
  • LO8. discuss the main properties of laminar and turbulent flow and appreciate their difference
  • LO9. explain the fundamental characteristics of a boundary layer, including laminar, transitional, and turbulent regimes
  • LO10. apply appropriate equation to analyse open-channel flow with uniform depth and predict the water surface profile for any situation
  • LO11. calculate key properties of a hydraulic jump
  • LO12. explain how and why a turbomachine works
  • LO13. select an appropriate class of turbo-machine for a particular application

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