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Unit of study_

CIVL9612: 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 CIVL9612
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CIVL9201 AND CIVL9611 AND (ENGG9802 OR CIVL9802). This unit of study follows on from Fluid Mechanics CIVL9611, which provides the essential fundamental fluid mechanics background and theory, and is assumed to be known and fully understood.

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 continuity in a Lagrangian frame of reference for 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 turbo-machine works
  • LO13. select an appropriate class of turbo-machine for a particular application

Unit outlines

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