Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course blends together physical and mathematical concepts in an advanced treatment of fluid mechanics. Analytical methods introduced in earlier courses are extended to compressible flows, applications in fluid machines and turbulent flows and turbulence modelling. The latter is used as a basis to provide a practical introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate their ability to solve problems of compressible flows by applying fluid modelling concepts to practical engineering applications

2. Analyse and solve numerical problems in turbulent flows such as wakes and boundary layers

3. Describe important and critical properties and characteristics of turbulent flows (jets, wake, channel, and boundary layers)

4. Apply Computational Fluid Mechanics approaches to the analysis of complex fluid flows

5. Discuss the limitations and assumptions involved in Computational Fluid Dynamics

6. Design validation procedures for Computational Fluid Dynamics models


  1. Fluids Machinery
  2. Compressible flows
  3. Navier-Stokes equations and Reynolds stress equations
  4. Turbulence and turbulent flows
  5. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (including turbulence modelling and validation techniques)

Assumed knowledge

MATH2310 Calculus of Science and Engineering and MECH2710 Fluid Mechanics 1 or equivalent

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Quiz: Quiz 1

Quiz: Quiz 2

Report: Engineering Report

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

2 x 2 hours per week for full term.

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