Fluid Mechanics

Subject 411-203 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-two hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials and 4 hours of laboratory work.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: 431-202 Engineering Analysis B or 620-232 Mathematical Methods
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof M Davidson
Subject Overview:

The content of this subject is as follows: manometry; derivation of the continuity equation, mechanical energy balance; friction losses in a straight pipe, fanning friction factor, treatment of roughness, valves and fittings; simple network problems; principles of open channel flow; compressible flow - thermodynamic preliminaries, propagation of a pressure wave, isothermal and adiabatic flow equations in a pipe, choked flow; pumps - pump characteristics, centrifugal pumps, derivation of theoretical head; head losses leading to the actual pump head curve, calculating system head, determining the operating point of a pumping system, throttling for flow control, cavitation and NPSH, introduction to positive displacement pumps; stirred tanks - radial, axial and tangential flow; types of agitators, vortex elimination, the standard tank configuration, power number and power curve, dynamic and geometric similarity in scale-up; multi-dimensional fluid flow - Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, momentum flux, development of multi-dimensional equations of continuity and for momentum transfer, application to tube flow, Couette flow, Stokes flow etc., solutions for creeping flow, turbulence, universal velocity profile.

Assessment: One written 3-hour end-of-semester examination (90%); two laboratory reports (10%) of up to 2000 words or 3-5 pages each, not including diagrams, graphs and raw data, each due two weeks after the corresponding laboratory session.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
  • Capacity for independant thought;
  • Ability to plan work and to use time effectively.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Chemical
Bachelor of Engineering(Biochemical Engineering)and Bachelor of Science

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