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Fluid Mechanics (ENG201)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces the principles of conservation and momentum transfer in the flow of fluids. Topics include the fundamental properties of fluids, hydrostatics, governing equations of fluid motion, dimensional analysis, pumps, pipe systems, fluid friction, and compressible flow.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students are expected to be able to: (1) Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the fundamental physical
properties of fluids and apply them in calculations; (2) compute and interpret hydrostatic fluid phenomena;
(3) comprehend the equations used to describe fluid flow and apply the general equations of motion to
describe laminar flows; (4) apply the principles of conservation of mass, momentum and energy to fluid
systems in motion; (5) perform experiments, interpret experimental results and prepare technical
laboratory reports; and (6) undertake critical technical literature to prepare for a discussion on topics
relevant to fluid mechanics at the end of the course.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials: 2 x 2 hours per week; laboratories: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is traditional lectures where the lecture notes for each week will be made available the preceding week. Students will be expected to read the lecture notes prior to attending lectures, so that they may participate fully in discussions.
In this course, students will attend tutorial sessions, which will be designed to illuminate and expand on the lecture materials. This will take the form of worked examples and additional discussion, with students having the opportunity to ask questions about the lecture notes and assignments. At the tutorials, the unit coordinator will be available to discuss course materials and assignment questions with students.
Students will perform several experiments in fluid mechanics in 2-3 hours lab sessions during the semester. Experiments are designed to encourage students to link theory discussed in class with real life scenario encountered in the application of fluid mechanics such as transition to turbulence, piping systems and flow in open channels.
Assessment Students will complete multiple assignments, each containing several questions. The submission time and
date will be listed on each assignment as it is posted. It is important that the marked assignments be
reviewed by students, as the feedback is intended to assist student learning and preparation for the final
exam. The answers to all questions will be posted once the submission time has passed. Assessment: Final
Exam Individual 50%; Laboratory Reports Individual 25%; Assignments Individual 20%; Writing a short
technical review 5%.
Prerequisites Completion of all Part I units in the majors Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering or Environmental Engineering.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EXM224 Principles of Unit Operations may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Phil Schneider
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering in Desalination

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2220
e: P.Schneider@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003K - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor Phil Schneider
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering in Desalination

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2220
e: P.Schneider@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003K - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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