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ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports and in-class quizzes; (2) assignments; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jeremy Leggoe
Unit rules
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods, or enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy, or Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas.
ENSC3010 Hydraulics
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 sessions during semester, totalling 6 hours

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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