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Unit of study_

CIVL9611: Introductory Fluid Mechanics

The objective of this unit of study is to develop an understanding of basic fluid concepts for inviscid and incompressible fluids. Topics to be covered will include: basic fluid properties, hydrostatics, buoyancy, stability, pressure distribution in a fluid with rigid body motion, fluid dynamics, conservation of mass and momentum, dimensional analysis, open channel flow, and pipe flow. This core unit of study forms the basis for further studies in the applied areas of ocean, coastal and wind engineering and other elective fluid mechanics units which may be offered.

Code CIVL9611
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CIVL9201. Students are expected to have a strong understanding of fundamental physics, statics, equilibrium, forces, and dimensional analysis. Familiarity with simple calculus, partial differential equations, and their analytical and numerical solutions

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

  • LO1. Understand the fundamental properties of fluids and how they influence fluid motion.
  • LO2. Be able to calculate pressure forces on submerged and floating bodies in both stationary fluids and fluids moving in rigid body motion.
  • LO3. Understand the physical meaning and limitations of Bernoulli Theorem and be able to apply the theorem to a range of fluid flow problems.
  • LO4. Be able to apply dimensional analysis principle to simplify solutions of fluid mechanics problems and the design of experiments.
  • LO5. Understand the principles of mass and momentum conservations in the context of fluid flows and be able to use these concepts for calculations.
  • LO6. Understand the fundamentals of open channel flow and pipe flow.
  • LO7. Be proficient in using standard library and internet resources to locate requested information and for extended study.
  • LO8. Have demonstrated ability to relate fundamental fluid mechanics principles to real life applications through essay writing.

Unit outlines

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