Fluid Mechanics

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fluid Mechanics

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Chemical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

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

    MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics
    MAST20030 Differential EquationsSemester 212.50

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

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • 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.
    On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
    Apply the principles of force balance in stationary fluids to solve engineering problems
    Solve mechanical energy balances in one dimensional pipe flow, scale-up pumps, mixers
    Apply multi-dimensional flow equations to axisymmetric and planar flows.
    Two practical or written assignments of no more than 5 pages each (not including diagrams, graphs and raw data). 20% total (10% per assignment). Overall time commitment of 20-25 hours (10-12 hours per assignment). Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO?s) 1 and 2 assessed in the assignments. The first assignment is due on or around week 4 and the second is due on around week 8
    3 hour end of semester examination (80%). ILOs 1 to 3 assessed in the exam.
    Hurdle requirement: A pass in the end of semester examination is required to pass the subject

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.