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MECH9261: Fluid Mechanics 2 (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: MECH9261: Fluid Mechanics 2 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Associate Professor Cleary, Matthew
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: AMME9261 AND AMME9262.
Prohibitions: MECH8261
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. Students will gain skills in problem solving in areas of pipe, pump and channel flow; lift and drag on immersed bodies; boundary layer theory and gas dynamics.

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 determing the lift and drag characteristics of submerged bodies. Additionally, they will develop a structured and systematic approach to problem solving.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Associate Professor Cleary, Matthew
Timetable: MECH9261 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 2 12
3 Laboratory 2.00 1 1
4 Independent Study 4.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Lectures: These introduce the key concepts and provide derivations of the analytical methods for fluid flows. Many worked examples are provided. Lectures will be recorded. Note however that the Faculty of Engineering and IT has a policy that students attend 90 percent of timetabled activities for a unit of study Lectures are a critical part of creating a vibrant learning environment and all students benefit from being part of an engaged group of learners. Questions and discussion are encouraged during MECH3261 lectures. Lecture recordings will be switched off if lecture attendance falls below about 50% of enrolled students.

Tutorial: There are two tutorial sessions per week. A set of homework problems are designated for each week. Marks will be given based on the completion of the fortnightly homework problems. It is your responsibility to check with the tutors to ensure that your solution is correct.

Quizzes: The material covered in lectures and tutorials will be examined via three quizzes.

Laboratory: A two hour laboratory is part of this course. Laboratory notes will be provided prior to the lab. The laboratory provides students with hands-on experience in data collection.

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
An understanding of the fundamental equations governing fluids and their application to engineering problems. (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Ability to solve real engineering problems, such as sizing pumps, pipes and channels. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Develop a structured and systematic approach to problem solving. (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
Select pipes, pumps, streamline immersed bodies, channels and weirs, and compressible flow nozzle geometries for specific fluid flow applications. (4) Design (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

(4) Design (Level 3)
1. Determine the appropriate flow and geometrical parameters of pumps, channels and piping systems in order to be able to design real world fluid systems.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
2. Solve fluid mechanics problems related to pipe, pump and channel flows; lift and drag on immersed bodies such as wings; boundary layer theory and application; gas dynamics in compressible systems.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
3. Simplify fundamental theory in order to use it in the analysis of real-world pipe flow, boundary-layer flow, lift and drag calculations, and gas dynamics calculations.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
4. Recongnise and identify fundamental aspects of a wide range of fluid flows through derivation, use and manipulation of the Navier-Stokes equations.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 10.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4,
2 Quiz 2 No 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4,
3 Quiz 3 No 10.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4,
4 Homework Assignments No 12.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
5 Lab Report* No 8.00 Week 10 2, 3,
6 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

Quiz: Three quizzes will be set, each worth 10% of the total mark. These will be held in the Monday 1 - 2 pm in weeks 6, 9 and 12.

Homework assignments: Fortnightly assignments will be set. The six assignments are worth 2% each. They are required to be handed in during the Friday tutorial on Weeks 3,5,7,9,11,13.

Lab Report: A two hour laboratory is part of this course and is worth 8% of the total mark. Laboratory notes are available on the course Canvas website. The laboratory covers the growth of boundary layers and the determination of lift and drag forces using manometer readings. The lab report tests understanding of concepts presented in the lectures over weeks 1-8. The lab is held in weeks 5,6,7 and 8. The lab report is due in week 10 on Friday at 5pm. The lab report must be submitted through the course Canvas Site. Text-based similarity detecting software (Turnitin) will be used to detect plagiarism.

Final Exam: A two hour exam will be conducted in the exam period and is worth 50% of the total mark. You must get 45% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks.

Late submission: Assignments are due during tutorial sessions and may not be submitted at any other time. Following a philosophy of rapid dissemination of feedback, worked solutions to labs will be provided immediately after the lab report due date. Therefore late submission of lab reports will not be accepted and will receive a mark of zero.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Pipe Flow
Week 2 Pipe Flow
Week 3 Pumps
Week 4 Turbomachinery
Week 5 Turbulent Flow
Week 6 Boundary Layers
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 7 Boundary Layers
Week 8 Immersed Body Flow
Week 9 Immersed Body Flow
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 10 Open Channel Flow
Assessment Due: Lab Report*
Week 11 Compressible Flow
Week 12 Compressible Flow
Assessment Due: Quiz 3
Week 13 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 (Biomedical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) Yes 23%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) Yes 27%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 27%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 23%

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.