Fluid and Energy Engineering - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Practicals (30%) , Invigilated Exam - 3 hours (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

This unit develops basic understanding of some fundamentals of fluid mechanics and thermal energy and the ability to apply these fundamentals to the analysis of common engineering systems. The content covers areas of Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer. Fluid Mechanics considers fluid properties, one-dimensional flow of incompressible fluids, continuity, energy and momentum equations, laminar and turbulent flow in pipes, ducts and open channels, dimensional analysis of flow measurements and incompressible fluid machinery.

Thermodynamics introduces basic thermodynamic concepts; thermodynamic properties of ideal gases and vapours; the First Law of Thermodynamics and applications. Heat Transfer covers concepts of conduction, convection and radiation of heat transfer, thermal insulation and heat exchanges.

Please note: This unit has an on-campus attendance requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Schedules section of the course page.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the meanings and derivations of fluid properties and their relationships
  2. apply the fundamentals of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer to engineering systems and components
  3. apply the first law of thermodynamics to engineering systems
  4. apply the continuity, energy and momentum equations to incompressible flow situations
  5. apply the general energy equation to some practical situations such as heat exchangers, nozzles, turbines and pumps
  6. apply the basic principles governing fluid flow in channels, pipelines and duct systems
  7. select and analyse performance of heat exchangers.
  • Assignment — Practicals (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 3 hours (50%)
  • Test — Topic Tests (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Some on campus attendance — This unit has an on-campus requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Requirements section of the course page.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to fluid mechanics, fluid properties, the Ideal Gas Law, pressure variation of fluid at rest, and manometers
2Flow representation, and Bernoulli's equation and applications in flow measurements
3Viscosity, boundary layers, laminar and turbulent flow, drag forces, and open channel flow, and the linear momentum equation and applications.
4Dimensional analysis
5Fully developed laminar flow
6Turbo machines
7Conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer
8Thermodynamics concepts and definitions, reversibility, the First Law of Thermodynamics, non-flow and steady flow equations
9Properties of pure substances, and reversible and irreversible processes

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Virtual Classroom

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Thermodynamics & Transport Properties Of Fluids

    By:Rogers & Mayhew

    ISBN: 9780631197034


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Fluid Mechanics 7E SI Version


    ISBN: 9781118318676


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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