Course Title: Fluid Flow and Particle Mechanics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fluid Flow and Particle Mechanics

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr. Amgad Rezk

Course Coordinator Phone: Please contact coordinator by email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.20

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is an introduction to fluid flow and particle mechanics with an emphasis on fundamental concepts and applications in process industries. You will learn to design and analyse fluid flow systems and equipment handling fluid-particle systems. The course covers empirical formulae, theory and some simple mathematical derivations. Examples and applications will generally cover fluid machinery, pipe flow and fluid-particle systems. There will be occasional examples from other areas such as biological or polymer processing.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH079 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)(Honours) and associated double degrees for students who commenced their program prior to 2023:

1.1     Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural, physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

Apply a systematic approach to the conduct and management of engineering projects. 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH079 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)(Honours) and associated double degrees for students who commenced their program in 2023:

  • PLO1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering. 
  • PLO4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity. 


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the basic concepts of fluid flow and fluid-particle flow.
  2. List and elaborate the principles of incompressible fluid flow and the mechanisms of particle motion in fluids.
  3. Design simple fluid flow systems.

Analyse fluid flow in particle handling systems such as fluidized and packed beds, settling tanks and centrifuges.


Overview of Learning Activities


The course includes two hours of lectures and two hours of tutorials. During tutorials, you are expected to work independently and/or with peers. Individual face-to-face feedback will be given in each class. The assignment task will require self-directed studies and research.The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system. 

Overview of Learning Resources


A list of prescribed and recommended texts will be provided.


Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:



Overview of Assessment


This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks


Task 1: Tutorials (20%)

Weekly formative Tutorial Exercises

This assessment task supports CLOs 2,3



Task 2: Assignment 1, Written report (30%)

Details will be given in class during the first lecture

This assessment task supports CLOs 2,4



Task 3: Assignment 2 oral presentation (30%)  Details will be given in class during the first lecture.

This assessment tasks supports CLOs 1,2,3


Task 4: MCQ Test (20%)

This assessment tasks supports CLO 1,2,3,4


Task 5: Exam (Fluid Flow and Particle Mechanics Section) (50%) 

This assessment tasks supports CLO 1,2,3,4


The Assignment will be marked and returned within 2 weeks with individual and whole class feedback. Please refer to the lecture plan on myRMIT Studies for further details of the actual submission dates.