LismoreSession 2Session 2

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

Behaviour and analysis of static fluids

Behaviour and analysis of ideal fluid flows

Behaviour and analysis of real fluid flows

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

  • Douglas, JF, Gasiorek, JM, Swaffield, JA, & Jack, LB, 2011, Fluid Mechanics, 6th edn, Pearson Education, Harlow, England. ISBN: 978-0-273-71772-0.
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)
Exam: closed book30%
Exam: closed book40%
Laboratory report20%

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