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). Some exact solutions for simple laminar flows will be given. Particular attention will be focused on conservation of momentum.  The unit will explore dimensional analysis, similarity and modelling with applications extrapolating experimental data based on prototype to full scale engineering devices. Various flows are investigated in more detail including external boundary layers.  Students will also study the drag and lift forces, as a result of flow around bluff bodies.  Losses in pipe networks will also be investigated. 

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NEF2101 - Fluid Mechanics 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply the conservation laws in integral and differential forms to wide ranging contexts to determine the forces on engineering devices from fluid flows;  
  2. Conduct dimensional and similarity analysis of prototypes or models to extrapolate data to full scale applications;  
  3. Apply knowledge of turbulent boundary layers and flow around bluff bodies to determine drag and lift;  
  4. Detailed study of the energy losses in pipe networks;  
  5. Integrate the principles and theoretical concepts of fluid mechanics and collaboratively plan and design creative, sustainable solutions to complex engineering problems with accountability for personal and team outcomes; and  
  6. Communicate solutions orally and in writing to small specialist groups.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Class test; calculations, sketches (1000 words) 10%
Project Group project: application of fluid mechanics knowledge to solve a real world problem. (1000 words) 10%
Report Based on laboratory work. Includes calculations, sketches (1000 words) 10%
Examination Final Semester Examination (3 hours) 70%
Test: Dimensional analysis, similarity and modelling. Project: Working in groups students will apply their knowledge of fluid mechanics to solve a real world problem then report their findings to their peers. Laboratory Work: 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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