Examines the properties of fluids as well as their behaviour. It seeks to explain pressures exerted by fluids at rest and in motion. Shear stresses in fluids and the response of fluids to the application of shearing forces are explained. Continuity, energy and momentum principles are introduced along with their application to calculate pressures, velocities and forces. An introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics is also provided.
Topic 1: Introduction to fluids and fluid mechanics
Topic 2: Fundamental behaviour of static fluids
Topic 3: Fundamental behaviour of moving fluids
Topic 4: Continuity and conservation equations
Topic 5: Dimensional analysis and similitude
Topic 6: Flow in open channels and pipes
Topic 7: Introduction to computational fluid dynamics
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||understand and define the basic properties of fluids and variables relevant to engineering analysis||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||apply finite control volume analysis to derive the continuity, energy and momentum equations used to solve fluid flow problems, and use critical judgement to impose appropriate simplifications and assumptions to apply these equations to real world situations||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||observe and understand the fundamental importance of boundary layers in the flow of real fluids by performing laboratory experiments||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||perform analyses of flow in pipes and calculate the essential variables for basic open channel flow||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||understand the utility of dimensional analysis and computational fluid dynamics as tools for investigation to fluid mechanics problems.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Chadwick, A, Morfett, J & Borthwick, M, 2013, Hydraulics in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 5th edn, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA. ISBN: 978-0-4156-7245-0 (Paperback); 978-1-4665-7724-4 (E-Book).
Teaching and assessment
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