This unit of competency describes the knowledge and skills required to apply fluid mechanic principles in mechanical engineering.  This includes the principles and applications of fluids, fluid components, fluid status, fluid flow, fluid power, and forces developed by flow in fluids. To perform calculations to determine changes, forces etc. fluid flow and head loss in pipes and through open channels, to determine operational aspects of a pump in a system and to describe the basic types of fluid machinery. 

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communicating and working with other team members; - reading skills to interpret job instructions, technical documents and OHS/WHS procedures; - carrying out computations using fluid power principles; - solving engineering problems using fluid power principles, and; - preparing and reviewing relevant documentation. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - basic properties of fluids; - components; - fluid statics; - fluid power; - forces developed by flowing fluids; - Reynold's Number and flow regime; - head loss in pipes and fittings; - pipe networks; - channel flow; - fluid machinery, and; - pumping systems.

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