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CIVL2611: Introductory Fluid Mechanics (2015 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL2611: Introductory Fluid Mechanics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Associate Professor Lei, Chengwang
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The objective of this unit of study is to develop an understanding of basic fluid concepts for inviscid and incompressible fluids. Topics to be covered will include: basic fluid properties, hydrostatics, buoyancy, stability, pressure distribution in a fluid with rigid body motion, fluid dynamics, conservation of mass and momentum, dimensional analysis, open channel flow, and pipe flow.

This core unit of study together with CIVL3612 forms the basis for further studies in the applied areas of ocean, coastal and wind engineering and other elective fluid mechanics units which may be offered.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2201 AND ENGG1802 AND MATH1001. Students are expected to have a strong understanding of fundamental physics, statics, equilibrium, forces, and dimensional analysis. Familiarity with simple calculus, partial differential equations, and the analytical and numerical solutions.
Lecturer/s: Associate Professor Lei, Chengwang
Tutor/s: To be appointed.
Timetable: CIVL2611 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 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 13
4 Laboratory 1.00 1
T&L Activities: There will be weekly lectures (2 hours) followed by tutorials (2 hours). WileyPlus will be adopted as an online resource for self-learning and assignments. Each student is required to participate in one laboratory session during the semester and write a report.

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
An appreciation of experimental design based on dimensional analysis and similitude. Design (Level 2)
Competently applies standard theories, principles, tools & materials of the engineering/IT discipline to common fluid flow problems. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
Use of basic experimental techniques.. An ability to apply principles of fluid dynamics to engineering problems. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)

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.

Design (Level 2)
1. Be able to use dimensional analysis for simplifying solutions of fluid mechanics problems and the design of experiments.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
2. Understand the principles of open channel flow and pipe flow.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
3. Understand the fundamental properties of fluids and how these influence fluid motion.
4. Be able to calculate pressure forces on submerged and floating bodies in both stationary fluids and fluids moving in rigid body motion.
5. Understand the meaning of the conservation of mass and conservation of momentum in the context of fluids and use these concepts for calculating flow rates and forces on a solid body.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Multiple assignments No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5,
2 Laboratory Report No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5,
3 Quizzes No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 4, 5,
4 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Assignments

Weekly assignments will be posted in WileyPLUS, and the students are required to complete the assignment within the specified time frame.

Lab report

One compulsory laboratory session is scheduled for each student. Students are required to submit a Lab Report within one week after the individual lab sessions.


Two quizzes (about an hour each) are scheduled during the semester. The schedule for the quizzes is available in the timetable. Students MUST attend the quizzes in the allocated sessions. Details about the formats and contents of the quizzes will be announced in the class and via email.

Final exam

There is a 2-hour examination at the end of the semester. The questions will be of a similar format to the questions in the tutorials, assignments and quizzes. The examination will be a closed book examination. A formulae sheet may be attached to the examination paper.

Please refer to the formal Unit of Study Outline handed out in the first lecture for more information regarding the assessments. There is additional minimum performance in this unit of study that must be achieved to receive a pass or better, regardless of the aggregate of all the individual component marks.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to fluid mechanics
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Fluid properties and pressure variation
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Forces on a submerged surface
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Buoyancy and stability
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Fluids in motion
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Bernoulli equation
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Reynolds transport theorem and mass conservation
Other: Quiz 1
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Conservation of linear momentum
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Dimensional analysis
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Modelling and similitude
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Open channel flow
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: Flow in pipes
Other: Quiz 2
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: 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
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 2) Yes 16%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 13.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 70.5%

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.