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AMME5292: Advanced Fluid Dynamics (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME5292: Advanced Fluid Dynamics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Kourmatzis, Agisilaos
Dr Williamson, Nicholas
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: MECH3261 OR MECH8261 OR MECH9261 OR CIVL3612 OR CIVL9612 OR AERO3260 OR AERO8260 OR AERO9260.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to cover advanced concepts in fluid dynamics, focusing particularly on turbulent flows, optical and laser based experimentation, and applied fluid dynamics. Specific topics to be covered will be: instability and turbulence, Reynolds decomposition, the Kolmogorov hypotheses, laser-based fluid flow measurement, and applied concepts such as multi-phase flows and environmental flows. The project component of the unit will give students the opportunity to work on an advanced topical research or practical problem in fluid dynamics.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Kourmatzis, Agisilaos
Timetable: AMME5292 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Project Work and Theory Revision 6.00 13
T&L Activities: Lecture: 1 x 2 hr Lecture. Lectures will focus on advanced theory, worked examples and illustrations to highlight how the basic principles relate the theory to practical applications. The second hour of some lectures will be devoted to project consultation.

In weeks 5 and 9 only there will be an additional timetabled lecture slot (1hr) for quizzes.

Tutorial: 2hr tutorial sessions. The interaction with students and the discussions which take place during these sessions will be extremely beneficial. The first part of each tutorial (~45mins-1hr) will be devoted to re-examining the concepts from the lectures and solving worked example questions. The remainder of the time is reserved for students to discuss aspects of their major project in their groups and engage with staff during this process. To maximize the benefits from the tutorial classes, students should attempt some practice problems beforehand and come to the tutorial with specific questions or queries on their projects.

Project: A major fluid dynamics project will be undertaken by student groups. A selection of possible projects will be provided, including the option of a student-designed project. The project will enable students to apply advanced fluid dynamics concepts towards either an experimental, theoretical/analytical or design problem.

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
Use advanced mathematical and statistical methods to analyse a fluid flow (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Appreciation of the complexity of turbulence in fluid flow problems and its application to industrial problems such as propulsion, environmental flows, agricultural flows, medical devices, and energy conversion. Capability to formulate and simplify advanced transport equations and carry out advanced calculations to determine the state of a flow. Proficiency in statistically analysing an advanced set of multivariate data and using it to improve a fluid flow system. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5)
Students will learn how to implement advanced fluid flow concepts in order to improve and innovate new designs and develop new technical specifications for a particular device which is based on a fluid flow system (4) Design (Level 4)
Students will be required to carry out research in the major project, and select the appropriate analytical tools to contribute to a research problem (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 5)
Students will be required to work in an interdiscplinary or multidisciplinary group in order to generate useful technical findings related to a topical research problem in fluid dynamics which has wider applications (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5)

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5)
1. Demonstrate an ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, plan a major project and present outcomes professionally
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 5)
2. Critically evaluate a topical problem in advanced fluid dynamics and apply theory to analyse the problem, and suggest improvements through research
(4) Design (Level 4)
3. Demonstrate an appreciation of how advanced fluid dynamics principles can be used towards the optimization of a device or system
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5)
4. Critically evaluate and apply theoretical concepts in turbulence to analyse a fluid flow
5. Demonstrate an ability to correctly identify different laser based diagnostic techniques for fluid flow measurement and assess their accuracy
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
6. Demonstrate capability to use statistical analysis of multivariate data to classify a turbulent flow
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 5.00 Week 5 3, 4,
2 Preliminary Project Report Yes 15.00 Week 7 2, 6,
3 Quiz 2 No 5.00 Week 9 5, 6,
4 Major Project Submission Yes 35.00 Week 13 1, 2,
5 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Project:

Assessment 1 (Preliminary Project Report)

The assignment will enable students to *formalize task allocation to group members*, complete a literature review for their project, formulate a plan with specific technical objectives, and report on key progress made on their projects. Students must choose a final project topic (from a selection) by week 4, and begin work on their projects by week 5.

Assessment 2 (Major Project Submission)

Major Project: Following from the first assignment, students would have chosen a major topic in advanced fluid dynamics and will undertake a group project, which will culminate in a technical report and movie presentation. The project will include experimental design, data collection and/or analysis, technical writing as well as a presentation of research conclusions, and aims to help students to consolidate all of the fluid dynamics concepts they have learnt in their major/stream.


There will be quizzes at the conclusion of two main topics. These, as well as regular tutorials, will keep students up-to-date with the lecture material.

Final Exam:

The final examination will help evaluate the overall understanding of the theoretical and applied concepts covered in this UoS and the student’s ability to analyze and solve related problems.

Minimum performance criteria:

Students must submit their preliminary project report and major project in order to pass this unit. Additionally, students must achieve a minimum of 45% on the major project submission in order to pass this unit, regardless of the sum of the individual component marks.

Late Submissions:

Late submissions will be penalized according to standard university policy (5% of total available marks per day-no submissions accepted after 10 days).
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.
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 on Resources: The recommended references apply largely to the portion of the unit focusing on turbulence and advanced treatment of the Navier-Stokes equations (Weeks 2-6). The text by Durst also has a chapter on experimental techniques, some of which is relevant to the material from weeks 7-9.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Module 1: Intro and re-visiting the governing equations
Week 2 Module 1: Intro and re-visiting the governing equations
Week 3 Module 2: Unstable Flows and the theory of turbulence
Week 4 Module 2: Unstable Flows and the theory of turbulence
Week 5 Module 2: Unstable Flows and the theory of turbulence
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 6 Module 2: Unstable Flows and the theory of turbulence
Week 7 Module 3: Advanced Experimental Fluid Dynamics
Assessment Due: Preliminary Project Report
Week 8 Module 3: Advanced Experimental Fluid Dynamics
Week 9 Module 3: Advanced Experimental Fluid Dynamics
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 10 Module 4: Advanced Concepts-two phase flows
Week 11 Module 4: Advanced Concepts-two-phase flows and applications
Week 12 Module 4: Advanced Topical Concepts-Guest lecture
Week 13 Revision
Assessment Due: Major Project Submission
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
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Arts 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Commerce 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Science 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Law 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Aerospace) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Fluids) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Mechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5) Yes 14%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 5) Yes 28.5%
(4) Design (Level 4) Yes 12.5%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5) Yes 25%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 20%

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.