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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

6

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Examines the behaviour of incompressible moving fluids based on the laws of conservation of mass, energy and momentum. Effects of viscosity on shear stresses and creation of boundary layers in real fluids are explored. The theory behind dimensional analysis and computational fluid dynamics, and their application through physical and numerical modelling, are introduced.

 

Unit content

Boundary layers

Lift and drag forces

Dimensional analysis and physical modelling

The differential forms of the conservation laws

Introduction to computational fluid dynamics

Non-uniform and unsteady flows 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 describe how and why boundary layers form in real fluid flows, and how this affects the behaviour of real moving fluids Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 employ dimensional analysis, physical modelling and computational fluid dynamics to investigate simple fluid dynamics problems Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 analyse simple non-uniform and unsteady flows of incompressible fluids in open channels. Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. describe how and why boundary layers form in real fluid flows, and how this affects the behaviour of real moving fluids
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. employ dimensional analysis, physical modelling and computational fluid dynamics to investigate simple fluid dynamics problems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. analyse simple non-uniform and unsteady flows of incompressible fluids in open channels.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline