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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

6

AQF level

6

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces the subject of fluid mechanics as it applies to water in civil engineering applications. Students will learn basic principles of fluid mechanics including fluid properties, effects of viscosity, static and dynamic pressures, energy and momentum principles, the principle of continuity, and energy loss in pipes and open channels.

Unit content

Properties of fluids
Behaviour of static fluids
The conservation laws in moving fluids
Effects of viscosity and friction
Fundamental behaviour of flow in pipes
Fundamental behaviour of flow in open channels

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 define the basic properties of fluids relevant to engineering analysis Knowledge of a discipline
2 calculate the forces acting in a static fluid Knowledge of a discipline
3 describe and apply the laws of continuity, conservation of energy and conservation of momentum to perform simple analyses of fluid flows in pipes and open channels. Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. define the basic properties of fluids relevant to engineering analysis
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. calculate the forces acting in a static fluid
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. describe and apply the laws of continuity, conservation of energy and conservation of momentum to perform simple analyses of fluid flows in pipes and open channels.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline