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ENG2027 : Fluid Mechanics II

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • 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 (PiP) of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials141:0014:00Asynchronous pre-recorded lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout the teaching
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion22:004:00Formative Online (NUMBAS) tests to help prepare for end of semester exam. Instant feedback on marks
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.
Alternative online sessions will be offered to students if present-in-person sessions are not possible to take place due to unforeseen circumstances. In that case, present-in-person lecture sessions will be replaced by synchronous online sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A100Open book, open notes examination using NUMBAS
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MTwo online NUMBAS assessment, open book/open notes (2hrs each)
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.

Reading Lists