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Unit information: Fluid Mechanics 1 in 2015/16

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Unit name Fluid Mechanics 1
Unit code CENG11300
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Rico-Ramirez
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The aims of this unit are for students to: gain a feel for the way fluids behave in situations of interest to engineers; be aware of the different ways of tackling a fluid mechanics problem, i.e. the place of theory, experiment, numerical modelling and dimensional analysis; be able to solve problems in hydrostatics, use principles of conservation to solve simple fluid dynamics, and use principles of similarity to explain fluid mechanics problems.


To give students a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of Fluid Mechanics as a pre-requisite for other advanced courses in open channel hydraulics, water and environmental engineering, hydraulic structures, and flood risk management.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. understand properties and behaviour of fluids; (PLO A2)
  2. understand the variation of pressure with position in a fluid; (PLO A2)
  3. determine the forces and moments on a surface or body due to hydrostatic pressure; (PLO A2)
  4. explain the meaning of the metacentre and use it to determine qualitatively the stability of a floating object; (PLO A2, B5)
  5. understand the differences between laminar and turbulent flows; (PLO A2)
  6. use the principles of conservation of mass, momentum and energy to solve simple, incompressible fluid dynamics problems; (PLO A2, B5)
  7. determine the forces on pipe systems due to flowing fluid; (PLO A2)
  8. determine the force exerted by jets on surfaces; (PLO A2)
  9. determine losses in pipe network systems; (PLO A2)
  10. understand the concepts of stream functions, potential functions and flow net; (PLO A2)
  11. use the principles of similarity and dimensional analysis in exploring real fluid phenomena and experimental analysis. (PLO A1, B5)

Teaching details

  • Lectures 20 hours
  • Example classes 11 hours
  • Laboratory classes 6 hours

Assessment Details

  • 2 hour exam in January 100%

Reading and References

  1. Munson, B., Young, D. and Okiishi, T. (2006): Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, Fifth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  2. Massey, B. S. (1990): Mechanics of Fluids, 6th Edition, Chapman & Hall, ISBN 0412342804.
  3. Chadwick, A., Morfett, J. and Borthwick, M. (2004): Hydraulics in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Spon Press.
  4. Douglas, J., Gasiorek, J., Swaffield, J. and Jack, L. (2005): Fluid Mechanics, Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-129293-5.

Electronic version:

  1. Massey, B.S. and Ward-Smith J. (2012) Mechanics of Fluids, 9th Edition, Spon Press.