This unit builds on Fluid Mechanics 1 and is a more advanced subject. This subject will give an in-depth coverage of the conservation laws in integral and differential forms (Navier-Stokes equations). Topics may include conservation of momentum, dimensional analysis, similarity and modelling with applications to full scale engineering devices, losses in pipe networks, lift and drag. Various flows are investigated in more detail including external boundary layers. Students will support their learning of these fluid mechanics concepts through experimental investigations and practical demonstrations.

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NEF2101 - Fluid Mechanics 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Adapt fundamental fluid mechanics and scientific skills to solve typical engineering problems;  
  2. Analyse fluid mechanics problems using conservation laws, boundary layer theory or dimensional analysis and develop solutions;  
  3. Collaborate to undertake experimental investigations and to apply knowledge and skills in diverse contexts; and  
  4. Present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Portfolio (group) 20%
Test Test (hurdle) 55%
Test Quiz 15%
Report Report (group) 10%
Test: is a hurdle, students must achieve a grade of at least 50% on the test to pass the unit. The test is opportunity to individually asses learning outcomes 1 and 2. Report: Students will conduct experiments in groups. Reports must be presented to a professional standard, with analysis and interpretation of findings/results, consistent with the level of study.

Required reading

Fluid mechanics 8th ed.
White, F.M, adapted by Prof. Rhim, Yoon Chul., (2016)
New York, NY McGraw-Hill Education

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