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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understanding the fundamental properties of fluids and their variations with changing state (Temperature, Pressure, phase), and the consequent effects on fluid mechanics; (2) understanding the characteristics and analysis of laminar and turbulent flows; (3) deriving and applying the Navier-Stokes equations to develop and solve differential equations describing simple laminar flows and pressure fields in static fluids.; (4) understanding and applying the macroscale mass, momentum and energy balances for incompressible and compressible fluid flows; (5) developing and applying dimensional analyses to characterise complex flow phenomena; and (6) analysis and basic design of pump and pipework systems.


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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jeremy Leggoe
Unit rules
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or MATX1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or PHYX1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
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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