Fluid Mechanics

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fluid Mechanics

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PH102 and (MA111 OR MA112)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course introduces the students to the sciences that deal with the behaviour of fluid both in static and dynamic conditions. It is designed to enable the students to analyse practical systems in which fluid is the working medium. Fluid mechanics deals with a study of the behaviour of fluids at rest or in motion, and the interaction of fluids with solids or with other fluids at the boundaries.
    1. Fluid and fluid properties: characteristics of fluids; density, specific weight and specific gravity; viscosity and compressibility; vapour pressure and surface tension.
    2. Fluid statics: hydrostatic pressure distribution and application to manometry, types of manometers; hydrostatic forces on planar and curved surfaces; stability of immersed and floating bodies.
    3. Fluid kinematics: the velocity field; classification of flows: steady, unsteady, uniform, non-uniform, rotational, irrotational, 1-, 2- and 3-D flows; streamlines, streaklines and pathlines.
    4. Integral relations for a control volume: basic laws of fluid mechanics; the Reynolds transport theorem; conservation of mass, momentum and energy; the Bernoulli`s equation.
    5. Differential relations for a fluid particle: the acceleration field; gradient, divergence and curl of point functions; vorticity and rotation; the differential equations of mass conservation and linear momentum; Euler`s equation; introduction to Navier-Stokes equations; applications; the stream function, free and forced vortex flows; introduction to FLUENT.
    6. Dimensional analysis and similarity: principle of dimensional homogeneity; power product method; Buckingham pi theorem; geometric, kinematic and dynamic similarities.
    7. Flow measurements: venturimeter, orifice meter, rotameter, nozzle meter; notches and weirs; velocity measurement.
    8. Internal flows: laminar and turbulent flows; flow in circular pipes, the Reynolds experiment; loss of head due to friction; the Moody chart; minor losses in pipes; TEL

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