Fluid Mechanics I

Module aims

This module will:  
 
· Introduce the physical processes that govern the behaviour of fluids at rest and in motion. 
 
· Provide a solid foundation in fundamental fluid mechanics on which specialist fluid dynamics modules in years 2, 3 and 4 will build. 
 
· Provide experience and confidence in problem-solving. 
 
· Provide insights into the practical world of civil engineering fluid mechanics. 
 

Learning outcomes

In this module you will have the opportunity to:  
 
· Analyse the physical processes which govern the behaviour of fluids at rest and in motion.  
 
· Confidently pose and solve problems in engineering fluid mechanics.  
 
· Calculate the expected flow rates in pipes and open channels.  
 
· Perform basic design calculations. 

Module syllabus

· Fluid properties: density, viscosity, and pressure.  
 
· Surface and volume integrals.  
 
· Fluid statics: hydrostatic pressure distribution, hydraulic presses, and pressure measurement.  
 
· Fluxes through control surfaces; streamlines.  
 
· Turbulent flows and boundary layers.  
 
· Control volumes, mass and volume conservation, and general conservation laws.  
 
· Momentum conservation and the calculation of fluid forces on structures.  
 
· Energy conservation; velocity measurements.  
 
· Pipe systems, including flow rates, major and minor losses, pumps and turbines.  
 
· Free surface flows; flow rates in rivers, rapidly varied flow around control structures, sub- and supercritical flow, application to bridges, weirs, and sluices. 

Assessments

Assessment Information is provided separately in Blackboard Learn.

Reading list

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Module leaders

Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk