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ME4513 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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.
Prerequisites: CS3008


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Professor Wenxian Lin.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 35 hours lectures
  • 22 hours tutorials
  • 6 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

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.