Fluid Dynamics

Subject MCEN90008 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials, 4 hours of practical laboratory and 2 hours of computer laboratory work.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


COMP20005 Engineering Computation


ENGR30001 Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (or MCEN30015 Thermofluids prior to 2011)

plus either

MAST20029 Engineering Maths or MAST30029 Partial Differential Equations



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

MCEN30004 Thermofluids 2 (previously 436351)and MCEN30005 Thermofluids 3 (previously 436352)

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Prof Andrew Ooi


Dr Nick Hutchins


Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to analysis techniques used in subsonic and supersonic flows. Topics covered include basic introduction to inviscid flow with and without vorticity; concepts and analysis using stream function and velocity potential; incompressible viscous flow past bodies with vortex shedding; theories of thin airfoils; gas dynamics in subsonic and supersonic flow; shock expansion theory; and boundary layer and shock wave interactions.


At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to -

  • Analyse inviscid flow of an incompressible fluid with simple boundary conditions and know where the concepts are applicable in practice
  • Use complex velocity potential analysis to solve a variety of inviscid flow problems including incompressible flow past airfoils
  • Apply shock expansion theory to the solution of flow in a variety of situations including prediction of lift and drag of two-dimensional bodies in supersonic flow
  • Apply Ackeret or linear theory to thin airfoils
  • Evaluate viscous effects, boundary layer and shock wave interactions

Assessment includes -

  • One 3-hour end of semester written examination (70%)
  • Assignment reports of up to 2000 words each (15% total) due before week 10 of semester
  • Two practical laboratory reports of equal weight, each up to 2000 words, scheduled throughout the semester (15% total)

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have the following skills -

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) Biomechanics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)

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