Fluid Mechanics - ZEIT2503

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: School of Engineering & Information Technology @ UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Course Outline: ZEIT2503 Course Outline

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: ZEIT1502, ZEIT2500, ZPEM1303 and ZPEM1304

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course covers fundamental aspects of fluid mechanics. It aims at developing an understanding of the physical mechanisms underlying fluid flow. It contains a review of the fundamental equations of Fluid Mechanics, an expansion of the methods of momentum analysis known from Thermofluids, and a detailed discussion of the powerful technique of Dimensional Analysis, which allows the systematic discovery of parameter sets that govern the characteristic features of a flow. These techniques will be used in engineering applications, such as the fluid mechanical treatment of turbomachines and devices for flow measurement. Special emphasis will be given to friction effects in fluid flows. Several examples of flows in which friction is important, such as Couette flows, pipe flows and boundary layers, will be discussed. The final chapter of the course is an introduction to compressible flows.
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