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MECH5261: Foundations of Fluid Mechanics (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: MECH5261: Foundations of Fluid Mechanics 2 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Behnia, Masud
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of the theory and practice of fluid mechanics in the context of mechanical engineering. At the end of this unit students will have the ability to critically assess and solve problems commonly found in fluid mechanics practice, such as sizing pumps and piping systems, designing channels, and determining the lift and drag characteristics of submerged bodies. Additionally, they will develop a structured and systematic approach to problem solving. Course content will include dimensionless analysis, Bernoulli equation, pipe flow, frictional losses, laminar and turbulent boundary layers, open channel flow and hydraulic jump, lift and drag, compressible flow and shock waves, turbomachinery .
Assumed Knowledge: AMME5200. Linear Mathematics, Vector Calculus, Differential Equations and Fourier Series
Lecturer/s: Professor Behnia, Masud
Timetable: MECH5261 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Project Work - in class 3.00 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: 2 hour Tutorial per week

Project Work - in class: 3 hours of prac work per week

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Develop a structured and systematic approach to problem solving. Design (Level 3)
Ability to solve real engineering problems, such as sizing pumps, pipes and channels. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
An understanding of the fundamental equations governing fluids and their application to engineering problems. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

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.

Design (Level 3)
1. Gain skills in problem solving in areas of pipe, pump and channel flow; lift and drag on immersed bodies; boundary layer theory and application; gas dynamics.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
2. Understand the theory of pipe flow, boundary-layer flow, lift and drag, and gas dynamics.
3. Ability to size pumps, channels and piping systems.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
4. Derive, from first principles, the Navier-Stokes equations and adapt these principles to a wide variety of fluid mechanics problems.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
2 Assignment No 12.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
3 Lab + Design Project No 18.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3,
4 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Quiz: Four quizzes will be set, together worth 30% of the total mark.

Assignment: Four assignments will be set together worth 30% of the total mark.

Lab and Design Project: A three hour laboratory is part of this course . Laboratory notes will be provided prior to the lab. The laboratory covers the growth of boundary layers and the determination of lift and drag forces using manometer readings. Students will be expected to then complete a small research project involving variable analysis and report on the work conducted. This component is worth 18% of the total mark.

Final Exam: A two hour exam will be conducted in the exam period and is worth 40% of the total mark.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
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.
Online Course Content:

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

Week Description
Week 1 Bernoulli Equation
Week 2 Laminar & Turbulent
Week 3 Flow Measurement
Week 4 Boundary Layer
Week 5 External Incompressible Flow
Week 6 Lift & Drag
Week 7 Channel Flows
Week 8 Hydraulic Jump
Week 9 Introduction to Compressible Flows
Week 10 Compressible Flows & Normal Shocks
Week 11 Oblique Shocks
Week 12 Turbomachinery
Week 13 Fluid Systems
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 (Biomedical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 20.5%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 59%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 20.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 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.