Unit description

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.

Unit content

Topic 1: Behaviour and analysis of static fluids

Topic 2: Behaviour and analysis of ideal fluid flows

Topic 3: Behaviour and analysis of real fluid flows

Topic 4: Steady incompressible flows in pipes and open channels

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • 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).
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Laboratory report15%
Exam: closed book60%
Laboratory report15%

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