Warning! This subjects requires on campus attendance. Refer to Special Requirements for more information.

Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics

    • 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
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Virtual Classroom
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

  • AttendanceDetails - This subject has a 2 day on-campus attendance requirement. The on-campus schedule for Study Period 3 is 9am Thursday 27 September 2018 to 5pm Friday 28 September 2018 and the schedule for Study Period 4 is 10am Monday 7 January 2019 to 5pm Tuesday 8 January 2019 (TBC Nov 2018)
  • EquipmentDetails - Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • OtherDetails -

    Travel and accommodation resources

    Financial support

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%)
  • 3 hours (50%)
  • Topic Tests (20%)

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 subject.

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