CIVL3612: Fluid Mechanics (2015 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL3612: Fluid Mechanics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Patterson, John
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to provide an understanding of the conservation of mass and momentum in differential forms for viscous fluid flows. It provides the foundation for advanced study of turbulence, flow around immersed bodies, open channel flow, pipe flow and pump design.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2201 AND CIVL2611 AND ENGG1802 AND MATH2061. This unit of study follows on from Fluid Mechanics CIVL2611, which provides the essential fundamental fluid mechanics background and theory, and is assumed to be known and fully understood.
Lecturer/s: Dr Chauhan, Kapil
Tutor/s: Tutors: Mr Nicolas Giannelis, Mr Asiful Islam, Ms Jocelyn Ellero, Dr Rakesh Khanal

Demonstrators: Dr Rakesh Khanal, Mr Abouzar Moshfegh
Timetable: CIVL3612 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Laboratory 1.30 1 2
4 Independent Study 6.00 13

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Understand how to determine appropriate pumps for piping systems.
Design of open channels
Calculate key properties of a hydraulic jump.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Understanding of the concepts of fluid flows based on the Navier-Stokes equations and their interaction with engineering structures with an emphasis on pipe flows, open channel flows and flows around buildings. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
Students are assessed in groups (lab report). This teaches group effort and cooperation as well as individual effort. Professional Conduct (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
1. Size a pump for a particular application.
2. Understand basic experimental techniques.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
3. Apply the concept of acceleration in a Lagrangian frame of reference in different flow configurations
4. Apply the concept of continuity in a Lagrangian frame of reference for different flow configurations
5. Analyse ideal flows using the potential flow theory
6. Analyse viscous flows using the Navier-Stokes equations.
7. Discuss the main properties of laminar and turbulent flow and appreciate their difference.
8. Explain the fundamental characteristics of a boundary layer, including laminar, transitional, and turbulent regimes.
9. Apply appropriate equations and principles to analyse a variety of pipe flow situations.
10. Apply appropriate equation to analyse open-channel flow with uniform depth and predict the water surface profile for any situation
11. Calculate key properties of a hydraulic jump.
12. Explain how and why a turbo-machine works.
Communication (Level 2)
13. Write laboratory reports in technical English.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Mid-Sem Exam No 20.00 Week 8 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Pre-lab quiz No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 6, 9, 10,
3 Lab Reports No 25.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 9, 10, 13,
4 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,
Assessment Description: Final Exam: 3 hour final closed book exam

Mid-Sem Exam: 2 hour Mid-semester closed book exam

Lab Report: 2 Laboratory reports
Assessment Feedback: Graded mid semester exam and lab reports returned to students.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Acceleration
Week 2 Lecture: Conservation of mass
Week 3 Lecture: Potential flow
Week 4 Lecture: Navier - Stokes
Week 5 Good Friday
Week 6 Lecture: Dimensionless N-S
Week 7 Lecture: Boundary Layer
Week 8 Lecture: Separation
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 9 Lecture: Pipe flow
Week 10 Lecture: Flow over immersed bodies
Week 11 Lecture: Pumps
Week 12 Lecture: Open channel flow
Week 13 Lecture: Open channel flow; review
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil 2015, 2016
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015
Civil / Project Management 2015
Civil / Science 2015
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil (Structures) 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2010
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2010
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2010
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2010
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 1) No 0%
Design (Level 1) No 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 3.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 86.5%
Communication (Level 2) No 10%
Professional Conduct (Level 1) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.