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Unit of study_

MECH8261: Fluid Mechanics 2

This unit aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of the theory and practice of fluid mechanics in the context of mechanical engineering. At the end of this unit students will have the ability to critically assess and solve problems commonly found in fluid mechanics practice, such as sizing pumps and piping systems, designing channels, and determining the lift and drag characteristics of submerged bodies. Additionally, they will develop a structured and systematic approach to problem solving. Course content will include dimensionless analysis, Bernoulli equation, pipe flow, frictional losses, laminar and turbulent boundary layers, open channel flow and hydraulic jump, lift and drag, compressible flow and shock waves, turbomachinery.

Code MECH8261
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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MECH9261
Assumed knowledge:
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Linear Mathematics, Vector Calculus, Differential Equations and Fourier Series

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

  • LO1. determine the appropriate flow and geometrical parameters of pumps, channels and piping systems in order to be able to design real world fluid systems
  • LO2. solve fluid mechanics problems related to pipe, pump and channel flows; lift and drag on immersed bodies such as wings; boundary layer theory and application; gas dynamics in compressible systems
  • LO3. simplify fundamental theory in order to use it in the analysis of real-world pipe flow, boundary-layer flow, lift and drag calculations, and gas dynamics calculations
  • LO4. recognise and identify fundamental aspects of a wide range of fluid flows through derivation, use and manipulation of the Navier-Stokes equations.

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