Course Title: Fluid Mechanics 3

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: OENG5199

Course Title: Fluid Mechanics 3

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6016 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Principal Technical Officer)

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Leon Mattatia

Tel. No. +61 3 9925 4668


Nominal Hours: 60

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

The following modules (or equivalents) should be preferably completed prior to, or in conjunction with, this module:
 EB720 Fluid Mechanics 2
 VBH 624 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 1
 VBH 625 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2

Course Description

The purpose of this module is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to apply Fluid Mechanics principles to a variety of real world engineering applications including simple flow networks and pump & turbine design. It further extends the knowledge obtained in Fluid Mechanics 1 & 2, and also facilitates articulation to Degree courses in Engineering (Mechanical/Manufacturing)

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBG878 Fluid Mechanics 3

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner should be able to:
1. Solve problems involving viscous fluid flow through pipes and pipe networks.
2. Solve simple engineering problems involving Couette flow and Lubrication.
3. Use Dimensional Analysis techniques to model hydrodynamic systems and hence predict their flow behaviour.
4. Solve simple engineering problems involving Vortex flows.
5. Solve simple engineering problems involving the effects of External (open) flows on bodies of various shapes.
6. Analyse the performance of and specify design parameters for hydraulic machinery such as pumps and turbines.

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in further applying the principles of Fluid Mechanics enabling the calculation of  important parameters such as fluid flow rates, pressures, velocities, system head, flow co-efficients etc used for design of hydrodynamic & aerodynamic systems.

The course will be using a combination of lectures, reading tasks, practical work and mainly tutorials/assignments to achieve these objectives.The learning activities included in this course are:
• attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects/experiments designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• completion of  written assignments and/or experimental reports consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Readings: Students may be required to read relevant section(s) of the recommended references/class notes prior to the next class.

Tutorial work & Practical Assignments challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge covered in lectures.
The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in applying  Fluid mechanics principles in the area of viscous flow through pipes, Couette flow & Lubrication, Vortex Flows, Dimensional Analysis & Similitude, Open Flows & Hydrodynamic Machinery.

Teaching Schedule

 SessionTopicsLearning     Out comeAssessment Due
1Introduction to subject, assessment method briefing, reference books; Viscous fluid flow through pipes and pipe networks:
- Boundary layer and Velocity Profiles
- Reynold’s Number and Flow Regime
- Head Losses in Circular and Non-circular pipes
- K-factors in fittings
- Pipes and pipe networks
- Power available or expended in pipe networks 1
2Viscous fluid flow through pipes and pipe networks (cont’d)1 
3Viscous fluid flow through pipes and pipe networks (cont’d) 1 
4Viscous fluid flow through pipes and pipe networks (cont’d) 1 
5Viscous fluid flow through pipes and pipe networks (cont’d) 1 
6Couette Flow & Lubrication:
- Velocity profiles
- Viscous frictional forces and torque
- Power absorbed in flat plates and circular bearings
- Hydrostatics/ Buoyancy and Stability
7Couette Flow & Lubrication:2 
8Dimensional Analysis:
- Rayleigh Method
- Buckingham Pi -Method
- Dynamic Similarity and modelling 3
9Dimensional Analysis (cont’d) 3 
10Vortex Flows:
- Pressure gradients in vortices
- Pressure distribution in a vortex field
- Forced and Free vortex flow
- Circulation in forced, free and combined vortex flows 5
11Vortex Flows:4 
12External Flows:
- The pressure co-efficient
- Real flow distributions
- Circular cylinders
- Hydrodynamic forces and co-efficients (Lift and Drag co-efficients)
- Aerofoils and Hydrofoils
13External Flows:5 
14Hydraulic Machinery:
- Energy Transfers and Velocity Diagrams for centrifugal impellers
- Pumps
- Turbines
15Hydraulic Machinery (cont’d)6 
16Hydraulic Machinery (cont’d)6 
17REVISION (Major Assignment Due)1-6Assessment 1 - Major Assignment Due
 18FINAL TEST 1-6Assessment 2- Final Test

(NOTE: Teaching and exam schedule may vary. Session(s) may be added if required & order of sessions may vary); prescribed and reference texts may change at short notice.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



2. FLUID MECHANICS - By Young, Muson, Okiishi and Huebsch

3. FUNDAMENTALS OF THERMAL FLUID SCIENCES by Yunus A. Cengel, John M. Cimbala, Robert H. Turner

4. Class Notes & Exercises

Other Resources

TEACHER’S NOTES & Web References

Resource Material available on Student "S" Drive - File Location: S\Mechanical & Manufacturing Students\OENG5199 Fluid Mechanics 3 (VBG878)

& Also on the Learning Hub (Blackboard)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this module will consist of the following:
Practical Laboratories
Progressive written tests/assignments 
End of module written exam

Assessment Tasks

All examinations are closed book. Students must pass every Assessment in order to pass the subject.

Assessment 1 - Major Assignment - 40%

Assessment 2 - Final Test - 60%

Assessment Matrix


Asssignment 1  -Major Assignment

Assignment 2   - Final Exam60%1-6

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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