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ENG2027 : Fluid Mechanics II

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Richard Whalley
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim is to provide a broadly-based extension of core knowledge and skills in this field of engineering science, with applications of more advanced fluid mechanics for students who have studied this topic at university level for at least one year previously, covering advanced fluid mechanics and turbomachines.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Dimensional analysis and similarity, scale modelling, Buckingham’s pi theorem
•       Laminar and turbulent duct and pipe flows, Reynolds number and transition; local losses; pipe systems, losses in series, energy line and hydraulic gradient, Steady-flow-energy-equation and its applications to full system analysis.
•       Advanced applications of momentum conservation (e.g. complex boundary conditions for analysis of boundary-layer flows, moving control volumes).
•       Fluid Machinery: Pumps and turbines: performance characteristics; Selection and installation, principles of energy exchange, machine losses and characteristics; interaction with external system and operating point; non-dimensional groups, cavitation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Structured presentation of syllabus. Plan A: PiP Plan B: synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials141:0014:00Asynchronous teaching: pre-recorded lectures. Videos - 20 minutes long, allowed up to 1 hours each.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout the teaching
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion22:004:00Online (NUMBAS) examination
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

To impart the basic qualitative and quantitative understanding represented by the knowledge outcomes via a mix of self learning and formal teaching, including advance reading of course notes, formal lecture presentations and discussions/tutorials with active student participation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A50Open book, open notes examination using NUMBAS
PC Examination1201A50Open book, open notes examination using NUMBAS
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

To assess the student’s grasp of the basic qualitative and quantitative understanding represented by the knowledge outcomes, each student will undertake two open book on-line NUMBAS assessments, which will allow the module content to be broken down into two small, bite-sized sections to aid understanding and achievement.

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