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MECH7006 - Fluid Mechanics

Title:Fluid Mechanics
Long Title:Fluid Mechanics
Module Code:MECH7006
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Author: GER KELLY
Module Description: The aims of this course are to introduce the student to the fundamentals of fluid flow and in particular the bernouli equation and its applications, energy losses, fluid momentum, and rotodynamic machines.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Apply Bernouli's equation to quantify the energy at any point in a fluid system.
LO2 Analyse and quantify both the frictional and minor losses associated with flow in pipe network systems.
LO3 Apply Newton's 2nd Law to compute the force exerted by or on a fluid undergoing a change in velocity.
LO4 Apply the relationship between power requirements and flowrates and pipeline size to practical, industrial, situations
LO5 Collect and collate; analyse and criticise basic measurement data in the laboratory; and synthesise into technical report form.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Review of Fluids
Properties of fluids and gases. Forces and moments on submerged surfaces. Buoyancy and stability analyses.
Fluid Motion and Energy
Principles of fluid motion. Uniform and steady flow. Continuity equation.Energy of a flowing fluid. Steady flow energy equation. Flow measurement. Measurement techniques. Pitot tube. Pilot-static tube. Venturi meter. Orifices. Descriptive treatment of other velocity flow measurement techniques. Energy Grade Lines, Hydraulic Grade lines and total energy lines. Flow under varying head.
Fluid Momentum:
Momentum of a flowing fluid. Momentum equation. Forces exerted by jets. Forces exerted on pipe bends. Flow over curved surface.
Behaviour of Real Fluids:
Flow of real fluids. Descriptive treatment of laminar and turbulent flow. Reynolds Number. Viscosity.Laminar flow between parallel plates and in pipes. Hagen-Poiseuille equation. Turbulent flow in pipes. Darcy Equation. Moody Diagram. Frictional losses in piping systems. Minor Losses.
Rotodynamic machines
Introduction to flow through turbmachinery. Different types of pumps. Losses and efficiencies. Performance characteristics of Centrifugal Pumps. Operating point and pump selection
Non Standard Fluid Flows
Non Newtonian Flows. Fluid Mixing. Applications
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Fluid Mechanics Laboratory including reports 1,2,3,5 30.0 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture Programme 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Fluid mechanics laboratory 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Directed learning 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • John F. Douglass 2011, Fluid Mechanics, 6/e Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0273717723]
  • Robert L. Mott 2015, Applied Fluid Mechanics, 7th Ed., Pearson Ed. Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0132558920]
  • Donald F. Young, 2011, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 5th Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 978-0-470-90215-8]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Crowe 2009, Engineering fluid mechanics, 9th Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 978-0-470-40943-5]
  • F. A. Holland, R. Bragg 1995, Fluid flow for chemical engineers, 2nd Edition Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann Oxford [ISBN: 034061058 1]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

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