Fluid Mechanics

Subject ENGR30002 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

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: 3 x 1 hour lecture per week, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week, 1 x 2 hour laboratory work per semester
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 170 hours


Students must have completed the following subject prior to enrolling in this subject.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

If available in the same semester, MAST20030 or MAST20029 may be taken concurrently



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

MCEN30018 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

ENGR30001 Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics

MCEN30015 Thermofluids

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Assoc Prof Malcolm Davidson



Subject Overview:


This subject concerns the fundamental science of fluid flow relevant to a range of engineering applications, and is essential for specialisations relating to Chemical, and Civil Engineering.


Topics covered include - Fluid statics, manometry, derivation of the continuity equation, mechanical energy balance, friction losses in a straight pipe, Newton’s law of viscosity, Fanning friction factor, treatment of roughness, valves and fittings; simple network problems; principles of open channel flow; compressible flow, propagation of 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, affinity laws and pump scale-up, introduction to positive displacement pumps; stirred tanks- radial, axial and tangential flow, type of agitators, vortex elimination, the standard tank configuration, power number and power curve, dynamic and geometric similarity in scale-up; Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, Multi-dimensional fluid flow-momentum flux, development of multi-dimensional equations of continuity and for momentum transfer, Navier-Stokes equations, application to tube flow, Couette flow, Stokes flow.

Learning Outcomes:


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Apply the principles of force balance in stationary fluids to solve engineering problems
  2. Solve mechanical energy balances in one dimensional pipe flow, scale-up pumps

  • Practical or written assignment of no more than 5 pages (not including diagrams, graphs and raw data) due approximately week 4 (10%)
  • Practical or written assignment of no more than 5 pages (not including diagrams, graphs and raw data) due approximately week 8 (10%)
  • 3 hour end of semester examination (80%)

Hurdle requirement: A pass in the end of semester examination is required to pass the subject

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Capacity for independent thought
  • Ability to plan work and to use time effectively



The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials. Students will also complete one experiment and one assignment which will reinforce the material covered in lectures.


Students will have access to lecture notes and lecture slides. The subject LMS site also contains worked solutions for all the tutorial assignments.


When available, presentations in a Careers Program or Professional Engineers association will be arranged.

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