Fluid Mechanics


Provides advanced fluid mechanics concepts and their application in a range of civil and environmental engineering contexts. This course lays the foundation for subsequent environmental modelling and hydrological courses studied in the third year.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. To provide students with a thorough knowledge of the theoretical background and methods of fluid mechanics

2. To expose students to a range of applications of fluid mechanics.

3. To provide students with the necessary skills to analyse fluid systems.

4. To provide students with basic skills in experimental laboratory work.

5. To improve basic reporting skills of the students


Part A: Fundamentals

  • Basic control volume equations
  • Basic governing differential equations
  • Dimensional analysis and similitude
  • Ideal fluid flow
  • Boundary layers

Part B: Applications

  • Flow in pipes
  • Pipe networks

Assumed Knowledge

Content covered in GENG1001 Engineering Mechanics.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Experiments *

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students are required to submit technical reports on the experiments.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - The criterion fail on laboratory reports ensures that students demonstrate skills in observation and analysis and communication of experimental results.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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