Advanced Fluid Dynamics

Subject MCEN90018 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours lectures, 12 hours tutorials and workshops, 4 hours laboratory
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Prerequisite for this subject is -

MCEN90008 Fluid Dynamics (MCEN30005 Thermofluids 3 prior to 2011)



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject will cover selected advanced topics in fluid mechanics. Building on previous fluids courses, the subject is broadly split into two units, although content of these will overlap.

Unit 1: Turbulence and boundary layers. Topics covered include Navier-stokes equations applied to wall-bounded flows, similarity solutions of the boundary layer equations, Blasius solution, Falkner and Skan solution, separated flows, turbulent boundary layers, Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes equations, scaling parameters, pipe friction, Von Karman momentum integral equation, atmospheric turbulence.

Unit 2: Experimental techniques. Through a series of lectures, labs and assignments, students will be introduced to key concepts of experimental (and numerical) techniques related to experiments in fluid mechanics. Topics will include: data analysis (to include correlations, fast Fourier transform, energy spectra); Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV); hot wire anemometry; laser doppler anemometry; flow visualization; advanced potential flow and/or compressible flow numerical techniques.


At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to -
• Understand the limitations and advantages of various available experimental techniques for fluid mechanics, and also have a sound understanding of the physics underpinning these techniques;
• Be fully conversant with contemporary data analysis techniques for fluid mechanics experiments, especially for experiments relating to boundary layers and turbulence;
• Have a physical understanding of particle image velocimetry and hot-wire anemometry and be able to apply these techniques and design experiments to investigate complex fluid flows;
• Learn how the equations of fluid motion are applied to flows near walls;
• Understand the importance of the boundary layer in engineering applications;
• Understand the role of turbulence in the atmosphere including weather prediction.


One 2 hour examination (40%) at the end of semester. Five assignments during the course of the semester worth a total of 60%. These assignments will be a combination of laboratory work, computational work and advanced data analysis. Assignments will all involve basic programming skills (for data treatment and analysis).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

• Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
• Proficiency in engineering design
• Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
• Capacity for creativity and innovation

Related Course(s): Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Mechanical)

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