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Fluid and Energy Engineering
Build your understanding about mechanics and energy in engineering. Study the forces and flow within liquids. Interpret the basics of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Consider relationships between all forms of energy.
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- 25 Aug 2019
- 24 Nov 2019
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- describe the meanings and derivations of fluid properties and their relationships
- apply the fundamentals of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer to engineering systems and components
- apply the first law of thermodynamics to engineering systems
- apply the continuity, energy and momentum equations to incompressible flow situations
- apply the general energy equation to some practical situations such as heat exchangers, nozzles, turbines and pumps
- apply the basic principles governing fluid flow in channels, pipelines and duct systems
- select and analyse performance of heat exchangers.
- Introduction to fluid mechanics, fluid properties, the Ideal Gas Law, pressure variation of fluid at rest, and manometers
- Flow representation, and Bernoulli's equation and applications in flow measurements
- Viscosity, boundary layers, laminar and turbulent flow, drag forces, and open channel flow, and the linear momentum equation and applications.
- Dimensional analysis
- Fully developed laminar flow
- Turbo machines
- Conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer
- Thermodynamics concepts and definitions, reversibility, the First Law of Thermodynamics, non-flow and steady flow equations
- Properties of pure substances, and reversible and irreversible processes
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Streaming Multimedia
- Resources and Links
- Online Assessment
- Audio-Video streaming
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- AttendanceDetails - This subject has a 2 day on-campus attendance requirement. The on-campus schedule for Study Period 3 is 10am Monday 23 September 2019 to 5pm Tuesday 24 September 2019 and the schedule for Study Period 4 is 10am Monday 6 January 2020 to 5pm Tuesday 7 January 2020.
- EquipmentDetails - Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
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- Map of Mawson Lakes Campus
- UniSA advice on temporary accommodation (Information on student accommodation, backpackers, affordable hotels, serviced apartments, Aboriginal hostels)
- Getting to Mawson Lakes (including links to the Adelaide Metro transport system)
- Please note that you may also be eligible for a travel subsidy from OUA
This subject 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 subject has an on-campus attendance requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Schedules section of the degree page.
- Practicals (30%)
- Invigilated Exam - 3 hours (50%)
- Topic Tests (20%)
Textbook information is pending.
Textbook information is pending.
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