ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics

6 points
(see Timetable)
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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
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.

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)
Associate Professor Jeremy Leggoe
Unit rules
completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including (ENSC2001 Motion or ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics) 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
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

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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