UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics

Credit 6 points
  Offering
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Chemical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mechanical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Mining specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit introduces the principles of conservation and momentum transfer in the flow of fluids. Topics discussed include the fundamental properties of fluids, hydrostatics, the general equations of fluid motion, dimensional analysis, fluid friction, pumps, pipe systems, flow in porous media and compressible flow.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe the fundamental properties of fluids and apply these in calculations; (2) calculate and measure hydrostatic fluid phenomena; (3) understand the equations used to describe fluid flow and apply the general equations of motion to analyse simple laminar flows; (4) estimate the forces exerted on solid bodies by flowing fluids; (5) apply the principles of conservation of mass, momentum and energy to macroscopic fluid systems; (6) calculate pipework system curves and identify pump duty points; (7) characterise flow through porous media; (8) explain compressible flow behaviour in enclosed systems; (9) formulate dimensional analyses and evaluate dynamic similarity; (10) apply fluid mechanics in practical engineering environments; (11) present and explain technical calculations; (12) design and execute experiments, interpret experimental results and prepare technical laboratory reports; and (13) review technical literature to prepare for a discussion on topics relevant to fluid mechanics.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) laboratory reports and in-class quizzes; (2) assignments; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jeremy Leggoe
Unit rules
Prerequisites: completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including ENSC2001 Motion and (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods)
Incompatibility: ENSC3010 Hydraulics, CHPR2433 Fluid Mechanics, MECH2403 Thermofluids 2
Contact hours lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 sessions during semester, totalling 6 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENSC3003/SEM-1/2017
Texts

Bird, R. B. et al. Transport Phenomena, 2nd edn: John Wiley & Sons 2006

Fox, R. W. et al. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 7th edn:  John Wiley & Sons 2008

Munson, B. R. et al. Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, 6th edn: John Wiley & Sons 2009


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