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CIVL9612: Fluid Mechanics (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL9612: Fluid Mechanics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Chauhan, Kapil
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to provide an understanding of the conservation of mass and momentum in differential forms for viscous fluid flows. It provides the foundation for advanced study of turbulence, flow around immersed bodies, open channel flow, pipe flow and pump design.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL9201 AND CIVL9611 AND (ENGG9802 OR CIVL9802). This unit of study follows on from Fluid Mechanics CIVL9611, which provides the essential fundamental fluid mechanics background and theory, and is assumed to be known and fully understood.
Lecturer/s: Dr Chauhan, Kapil
Tutor/s: Tutors:

Mr Hamdy Ahmed

Mr Mark Arendshorst

Ms Danlan Huang

Mr Omar Ismael

Mr Haobin Liang

Ms Miaoyan Pang

Mr Zhang Shi

Mr Zhongzheng Wang
Timetable: CIVL9612 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 3 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Laboratory 1.30 1 2
4 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: Lectures:

Monday: 5-6pm

Wednesday: 9-10am

Thursday: 5-6pm


Tuesday, 11 am – 1pm OR Wednesday 3 pm – 5 pm

Laboratory Sessions:

Tuesday 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm (see Timetable) / Civil Engg. Fluids Lab Rm 250

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Write a laboratory report in technical English.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
2. Select an appropriate class of turbo-machine for a particular application.
3. Understand basic experimental techniques.
4. Understanding applications of fluid mechanics
5. Apply appropriate equations and principles to analyse a variety of pipe flow situations.
6. Apply appropriate equation to analyse open-channel flow with uniform depth and predict the water surface profile for any situation
7. Calculate key properties of a hydraulic jump.
8. Explain how and why a turbo-machine works.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
9. Apply the concept of acceleration in a Lagrangian frame of reference in different flow configurations
10. Apply the concept of continuity in a Lagrangian frame of reference for different flow configurations
11. Analyse ideal flows using the potential flow theory
12. Analyse viscous flows using the Navier-Stokes equations.
13. Discuss the main properties of laminar and turbulent flow and appreciate their difference.
14. Explain the fundamental characteristics of a boundary layer, including laminar, transitional, and turbulent regimes.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 55.00 Exam Period 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14,
2 Lab Report No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 5, 6,
3 Pre-lab quiz No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 5, 6, 12,
4 Applications Assignment No 5.00 Week 2 4,
5 In-class Quiz x 5 No 25.00 Multiple Weeks
Assessment Description: 1. Final Exam: 3 hour final closed book exam

2. Mid-Sem Exam: 2 hour Mid-semester closed book exam

3. Lab Report: One laboratory report

4. Pre-lab quiz: Two pre-lab quizzes to be completed online before each laboratory session

5. Applications assignment: One report/essay

6. Online Quiz: Multiple choice quiz

In order to achieve a pass in this unit of study, all the following criteria must be satisfied:

- a total combined mark of at least 50%,

- satisfactory final semester examination performance (≥ 50%)

- attend BOTH labs

- attend at least 50% of marked attendance

Students who do not meet all the criteria will not receive a pass mark for the unit of study, and will not receive a mark greater than 50%, regardless of their performance in the other components of the unit of study. Satisfactory performance is defined as an exam mark of more than 50%.


- plagiarism incidents in lab-reports and mid-sem exams will be dealt according to University policies

- late arrival to laboratory by more than 10 mins will be penalized at 20% of the particular lab`s marks

- not showing up for the laboratory session without special consideration will be penalized at 20% from the particular lab`s marks, given that another session is later attended, otherwise will receive zero marks

- not finishing the pre-lab quiz before the lab session will receive zero marks for the pre-lab quiz

- late submission of lab reports will be penalized at 20% per day of the lab`s marks

- failure to attend allocated mid-sem exam session will incur penalty of 25% of marks
Assessment Feedback: Graded mid semester exam and lab reports returned to students.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introduction
Lecture: Acceleration I
Week 2 Lecture: Acceleration II
Lecture: Conservation of Mass I
Assessment Due: Applications Assignment
Week 3 Lecture: Conservation of Mass II
Lecture: Potential Flow I
Week 4 Lecture: Potential Flow II
Lecture: Navier-Stokes Equations I
Week 5 Lecture: Navier-Stokes Equations II
Lecture: Dimensionless Navier-Stokes I
Week 6 Lecture: Dimenisionless Navier-Stokes II
Lecture: Viscous Pipe Flow I
Week 7 Lecture: Viscous Pipe Flow II
Lecture: Viscous Pipe Flow III
Week 8 Lecture: Viscous Pipe Flow IV
Lecture: Flow Over Immersed Bodies I
Week 9 Lecture: Flow Over Immersed Bodies II
Lecture: Flow Over Immersed Bodies III
Week 10 Lecture: Flow Over Immersed Bodies IV
Lecture: Open Channel Flows I
Week 11 Lecture: Open Channel Flows II
Lecture: Open Channel Flows III
Week 12 Lecture: Pumps I
Lecture: Pumps II
Week 13 Lecture: Pumps III
Lecture: Review
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Fluids) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Geomechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Structural) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 4%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 42.5%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 28.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.