Course Title: Apply Fluid Mechanic Principles in Mechanical Engineering

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: MIET7317

Course Title: Apply Fluid Mechanic Principles in Mechanical Engineering

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


LOCATION :- 56.05.085

TIME :- 8.30 AM TO 12.00 PM


Phone :- 99254667

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply fluid mechanic principles in mechanical engineering. This includes the principles and applications of fluids, fluid components, fluid status, fluid flow, fluid power, and forces developed by flow in fluids. To perform calculations to determine changes, forces etc, fluid flow, head loss in pipes and through open channels, to determine operational aspects of a pump in a system and to describe the basic types of fluid machinery.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. However, practice in this unit is subject to regulations directly related to occupational health and safety and where applicable contracts of training such as apprenticeships and traineeships.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP266 Apply Fluid Mechanic Principles in Mechanical Engineering


Apply Fluid Mechanic Principles to the solution of Engineering Problems

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OH&S requirements and risk control measures and procedures in preparation for the work area are followed.
1.3 Safety hazards which have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.4 The requirements for using fluid mechanic principles in solving the engineering problem are determined from documentation, reports or clients and from discussions with appropriate personnel.
1.5 Specifications for the solution are drawn up and approved by appropriate personnel.
1.6 Where appropriate, expert advice is sought with respect to the solution and according to enterprise procedures.
1.7 Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures.


Identify the application of fluid mechanics to engineering problems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed
2.2 Solution options are evaluated and the most appropriate solutionis chosen.
2.3 Appropriate computations are carried out to ensure that the solution meets specification.
2.4 The fluid mechanic system is sketched to specification.
2.5 Potential risks with respect to the application are analysed and management strategies are recommended to appropriate personnel.
2.6 Contingency plans are implemented in collaboration with appropriate personnel.


Validate and Review the Solution.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
3.2 The solution validated and reviewed with the appropriate personnel.
3.3 The fluid system is documented and approved by the appropriate personnel.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will be trained to manage the task of  (a) drawing up the specifications for the solutions (b) determining the requirements for using fluid mechanic principles in solving an engineering problem from documentation or clients and (c) carrying out appropriate computations to ensure that the solutions meets specifications.

Teaching Schedule

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Session No Week Starting Topic Learning Outcome



09/02/2011 Introduction to Courses, Assessment, Reference Books, etc. Introduction to Basic Properties of Fluids.LO – 1
 216/02/2011 Properties of Fluids- difference between solids and fluids, Viscosity…. LO – 1
 323/02/2011 Components and their selection LO – 2
 4 02/03/2011  Fluid statics- basic Principles-Pascal’s principle-Pressure variation with depth in liquid-Piezometers and manometers  LO – 3
 5 09/03/2011  Static-Fluid-Pressure Forces on surfaces-Horizontal-vertical-inclined surfaces; Archimedes Principle- Buoyancy, Flotation and Centre of Buoyancy. LO – 3
 6 16/03/2011  Fluid Flow-Steady and unsteady Flow, stream line and eddies, velocity, Volume Flow and Mass Flow Rate, Conservation of mass leading to the Continuity equation for fluid flow. Types of Head  LO – 4
 7 23/03/2011  Fluid Flow continued – Bernoulli’s Equation for ideal fluids. Causes of Head loss and modification of Bernoulli’s equation to include head loss for real fluids.  LO – 4
 8 30/03/2011  Fluid Power- Definition and units for work torque and power. Relationship between fluid power, mass flow rate and pressure. Efficiency of a pimp or turbine. Modification of the Bernoulli’s equation to include a pump or turbine. LO – 5
 9 06/04/2011  Forces developed by flowing fluids- impulse and momentum equation, Fluids impacting on stationary/ moving plates. Pelton wheel. LO – 6
 10 13/04/2011  Forces developed by flowing fluids- continued- Pelton wheel , Fluid flowing in a pipe or duct with change in direction and /or cross section  LO – 6
 11 20/04/2011  REVISION FOR UNIT TEST-1, Reynolds no’s  LO – 1,2,3,4,5&6 AND START OF 7
 - 27/04/2011  TERM BREAK – NO CLASS -
 12 04/05/2011  UNIT TEST No. 1  LO – 1,2,3,4,5&6
 13 11/05/2011 Flow regime- laminar, turbulent and mixed flow  LO – 7
 14 18/05/2011  Head loss in pipes and Fittings – Darcy equation for head loss in a pipe, determination friction factor using Moody’s diagram and formula.  LO – 8
 15 25/05/2011  Head loss in pipes and Fittings – continued- Head loss through fittings using “K” factor- Head loss through a piping system consisting single dia of pipe and number of fittings. System Head curve equation for single dia of pipe and fittings  LO – 8
 16 01/06/2011  Pipe Net works – Flow through a single dia of pipe with unknown flow rate-known and unknown friction factor  LO – 9
 17 08/06/2011  Pipe Net works-continued - Pipes in Series  LO – 9
 18 15/06/2011  Pipe Net works-continued - Pipes in Parallel LO – 9
 19 06/07/2011  Channel Flow- chezy formula for flow rate through open channel  LO – 10
 20 13/07/2011  Channel Flow- Manning formula for flow rate through open channel. Assignment Handing out. LO – 10
 21 20/07/2011  Fluid Machinery: distinction between various types fluid machinery. Positive displacement and Roto dynamic pumps. Selection of pumps and cavitation. LO – 11
 22 27/07/2011 Pumping systems: Duty point for a rotodynamic pumping system by combining system head curve with pump performance curve. Flow, head, power and efficiency at duty point. Energy cost of a pump.  LO – 12


03/08/2011Revision. Last date for submission of assignment LO – 7,8,9,10,11&12


NOTE :- This is tentative schedule. This might change during course delivery. changes will be notified.

LO – 7,8,9,10,11&12

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics by Roger Kinsky 

Fluid mechanics -An advanced APPLICATION BY Roger Kinsky


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor.

Feeback will be provided throughout the course

 Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:
observation of processes and procedures;
oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate
inspection of the final product or outcome;
a portfolio of documentary evidence.

 Graded Assessment out of 100 Marks will be based on the results obtained for Assignments/Practical reports/Unit tests/Exams.

Students must gain pass in all forms of assessment in order to pass the competency.

Assessment Tasks

Participants are required to complete three assessment tasks.

Unit test-1,

main Exam-1

Major assignment.

Exam and unit test will be closed book exam.

Assessment Matrix

AssessmentLearning out comesmarks
Unit Test -11,2,3,4,5&640%
Main Exam-17,8,9,10,11&1250%
Major assignment1 to 1210%

Other Information

Tests are conducted under closed book conditions, formula sheets and / or extracts of reference material will be provided as appropriate.In order to pass this module the learner must obtain a 50% of marks in combination of Unit test 1 and Main Exam. Please refer The course calender handouts for more detail. Student should clearly demonstrate how the problem solving techniques used in the test to score full marks.

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