Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Examines the behaviour of incompressible moving fluids based on the laws of conservation of mass, energy and momentum. Effects of viscosity on shear stresses and creation of boundary layers in real fluids are explored. The theory behind dimensional analysis and computational fluid dynamics, and their application through physical and numerical modelling, are introduced.  

Unit content

Boundary layers

Lift and drag forces

Dimensional analysis and physical modelling

The differential forms of the conservation laws

Introduction to computational fluid dynamics

Non-uniform and unsteady flows in 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

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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