The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course introduces students to a broad range of fundamental concepts and principles in Chemical Engineering fluid mechanics. Topics covered include conservation principles, fluid statics, fluid dynamics, flow in chemical engineering equipment, multi-phase flows. Also coveredare some special topics on micro-nano fluidics, biochemical flows and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Work with the unit systems and conversion, mass, momentum and energy conservation principles, and various physical parameters associated with the fluid mechanics.

2. Perform quantitative analysis involving fluid properties, fluid statics and dynamics, mathematical interpretations of fluid flow and how these principles are applied within the chemical engineering applications.

3. Explain the working principles of flow measurement and fluid moving machineries that are used in industrial context.

4. Incorporate into their analysis, at an introductory level, complex multiphase systems, computational fluid dynamics tools, and newly-emerging areas such as bio, micro and nano-fluidics with interdisciplinary applications.


Topics to be covered in this course include:

Part 1 – Macroscopic Fluid Mechanics

  • General concepts of a fluid
  • Stresses, pressure, velocity and the basic laws
  • Physical properties including density, viscosity and surface tension
  • Hydrostatics
  • Bernoulli’s equation and applications
  • Mass and energy balances in fluid mechanics
  • Momentum balances
  • Velocity and flow rate measurements
  • Fluid friction in pipes
  • Fluid flow in chemical engineering equipment

  Part 2 – Special Topics

  • Two-phase flow
  • Micro- and nano-fluidics
  • Biological flows
  • Introduction to computational fluid dynamics (with Computer Lab)




This course replaces CIVL2310. If you have successfully completed CIVL2310 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

MATH1110 Mathematics 1 and MATH1120 Mathematics 2 or equivalent

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assessment 1

Quiz: Assessment 2

Report: Assessment 3

Formal Examination: Assessment 4

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks starting in week 11


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term