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ME4513 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Analysis of pipe and duct networks. Pressure transients in pipes.Turbomachinery: water turbines and pumps, cavitation, pump selection fan and compressors. Potential flow. Boundary layer theory: laminar and turbulent boundary layers, separation, methods for calculating boundary layers. Flow over immersed bodies: drag, lift, aerofoils, flow induced vibration and aircraft performance. Compressible flows: gas dynamics, transonic and supersonic flows, nozzles and ducts. Measurement techniques. Computational fluid dynamics. Applications of fluid flow in industrial and emerging technologies.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop skills in communicating results and its application to fellow engineers;
  • to develop the students understanding of advanced fluid mechanics concepts and theory;
  • to exercise the students skill in identifying and applying appropriate methods to solve fluid flow problems analytically or numerically;
  • to read the fluid mechanics literature and communicate the developments to a critical audience.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (15%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: CS3008


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Professor Wenxian Lin.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 18 hours tutorials
  • 14 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.