# Course Title: Perform calculations related to simple fluid systems

## Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: CIVE5599

Course Title: Perform calculations related to simple fluid systems

School: 130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6066 - Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering (Structural Design)

Course Contact : Tony Skinner Program Coordinator

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4444

Course Contact Email:tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator:
Mr Tony Skinner
Tel. 9925 4444
Fax. 99254377
Email: tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EDX130 – Use mathematics at technician level

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to apply knowledge of the basic properties, principles and applications of fluids, components, fluid statics and fluid flow to calculations on simple fluid systems.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

Learning Outcomes

Calculate the basic properties of fluids

Determine pressures in stationary fluids and buoyancy forces

Determine the flow rate through an open channel

Determine the head loss in pipes and fittings

Perform calculations for fluid flow through pipes and ducts

Select basic components of a fluid system

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher-led:
* Overview properties described in the RMIT course text
* Explain the graph of SVP v. Temperature
* Overview the role of different fluid system components
* Explain Pascal’s Laws of Pressure and provide evidence of their existence
* Work through examples of calculations on pressure variation with depth and centre of pressure
* Provide examples on reading of manometers and piezometer
* Overview displacement and buoyancy principles inc. worked examples
* Relate Reynold’s no. to flow regimes and show a sample calculation
* Stress importance of Q=VA for flow and demonstrate calculations inc. Continuity Equation
* Explain the three energy components of the Bernoulli equation in terms of conservation of energy.
* Demonstrate derivation of K factors from chart
* Explain the Moody Diagram, D’Arcy equation and show a sample calculation
* Explain the terms that appear in Chezy and Manning equations and demonstrate their use in determining flow rate
* Illustrate optimum shapes for rectangular and trapezoidal sections
* Overview the role of notches/weirs in flow measurement

Student-based problem-solving:
* Study fluid properties in the text and solve associated problems
* Consider factors in choosing components focusing on flow measuring devices
* Solve problems on pressure variation with depth and centre of pressure
* Observe location of flow regimes on a graph of Re v. friction factor. Determine values of Re
* Combine the Continuity concept with Bernoulli in solving pipe flow problems
* Derive f factor from Moody diagram and use in D’Arcy to determine friction loss in pipes. Use K factors chart in determining loss in fittings.
* Determine system head and plot system head curve. Combine to determine system loss
* Determine flow rates using Chezy and Manning
* Use notch/weir formulae to determine flow rate

Laboratory activities
This unit is complemented by lab procedures in unit EAC130 - Perform Laboratory Experiments in Fluid Mechanics

Teaching Schedule

See Online Learning Hub for details.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

 National Engineering Module EA706 - Fluid Mechanics 1.

References

 Online course notes

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit will be assessed in the classroom and the laboratory environment using holistic assessment based on typical workplace activities.
Assessment will comprise :
• One mid-semester examination based on elements 1 – 3
• One end-of-semester examination based on elements 4 - 6

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of:
• A two hour mid-semester written examination based on Elements 1, 2, and 3
• A two hour end-of-semester written examination based on Elements 4, 5, and 6

Assessment Matrix

 Element Covered Assessment Task Proportion of Final Assessment Submission Time 1,2,3 Mid-semester written examination 45% N/A 4,5,6 End-of-semester written examination 55% N/A

Other Information

The underpinning knowledge and skills for this course are listed in the accreditation document and are available upon request from your instructor

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