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Unit Overview


Students acquire an understanding of the fundamental principles of hydraulics, and develop the ability to apply this knowledge to solve a wide range of engineering problems. The topics covered include the equations of fluid motion in bulk and differential form; forces on structures; dimensional analysis in fluid mechanics; experimental design; an introduction to turbulent flow; boundary layers; and pipe flow.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted

Students are able to (1) appreciate the meaning and relevance of mechanical fluid properties; (2) compute the direction and magnitude of forces on submerged objects; (3) understand the fundamental conservation laws (mass, momentum, energy) of fluid mechanics and apply them to analyse engineering problems; (4) write, and understand the meaning of, the important dimensionless numbers in fluid mechanics; and (5) design laboratory models whose fluid mechanics replicate those of the prototype.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) photography competition; and (3) laboratory test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Marco Ghisalberti
Unit rules
Successful completion of level 1 18 points
and level 2 Unit(s) taken from the degree-specific MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science , including MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
( MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or MATX1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
Advisable prior study
ENSC2001 Motion
or ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical classes: 3 hours per week
labs: 6 hours per semester
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Cengel, Y. A. and Cimbala, J. M. Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd edn: McGraw-Hill 2010

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