Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    It is strongly recommended that students have prior knowledge of 1010ENG and 1501ENG

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    This course provides the fundamental knowledge of fluid mechanics and hydraulics including fluid properties, fluid statics, conservation of mass, energy equation, flow in conduits, pumps and turbines, flow around objects, open channel flow and compressible flow.

    Course Introduction
    This course presents the principles of fluid mechanics and the application of these principles to practical, engineering problems. Topics covered in the course will provide the skills and abilities required for solving typical fluid mechanics/hydraulic problems such as flow in pipes and open channel using analytical and experimental methods. Applications relevant to engineering fields such as fluid storage and distribution systems and open channel flow are investigated. Specific outcomes are to develop students’ analytical and experimental abilities, teamwork and written presentation skills, in line with overall program outcomes.

    Unless otherwise stated, the normal course administration policies and rules of the School of Engineering apply. Students should refer to the Learning@Griffith website for further information about this course.

    Course practical activities are undertaken in laboratory environment and involve interaction with physical (equipment) hazards. These activities have been assessed and controlled to an acceptable level of risk for learning and teaching.

    Experiential learning activities are included in the course through lab and problem-based project components. The project is used to reinforce the theoretical concepts the experience obtained in the laboratory within a non-traditional project-based learning mode.

    Course Aims
    The aim of this course is to develop in students an understanding of the basic principles of fluid mechanics and of the application of these principles to engineering problems. This course adds to the knowledge base of the engineering student and reflects the primary purpose of the Bachelor of Engineering program to provide a practical and professional engineering education.

    During the course opportunities will be given to develop a range of generic skills including written communication, problem identification, problem analysis and critical evaluation. Students will also have the opportunity to practise and enhance their ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

    As the first of the fundamental courses in water engineering, this course will form the basis for subsequent courses such as Hydrology, Design for Civil Engineering, CFD and Coastal Engineering and modeling. It will allow students to further develop the skills necessary for the analysis and design of hydraulic systems in civil, mechanical and environmental engineering.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Describe and analyze various flow properties and phenomena.
    2  Apply the basic principles of fluid mechanics including fluid statics, kinematics and dynamics.
    3  Solve typical fluid mechanics problems such as flow in pipes and open channel flow using analytical and empirical methods.
    4  Perform experiments using laboratory instruments and analyse/interpret experimental results.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.