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GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Civil Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Mining Engineering major sequences
Students learn the fundamental principles of hydraulics, and develop the ability to apply this knowledge to solve a wide range of engineering fluid mechanics problems. Topics include the equations of fluid motion in bulk and differential form; forces on structures; dimensional analysis in fluid mechanics; experimental design; and an introduction to turbulent flow; boundary layers; and pipe flow.
Students are able to (1) explain the meaning and relevance of mechanical fluid properties; (2) compute the direction and magnitude of forces on submerged objects; (3) apply the fundamental conservation laws (mass, momentum, energy) to analyse problems involving fluid mechanics; (4) apply 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) in-class tests and (2) final exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Liang Cheng
Unit rules
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] or the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce or the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science or the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
ENSC3010 Hydraulics
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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