MECH ENG 4104 - Advanced Topics in Fluid Mechanics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 4104 Course Advanced Topics in Fluid Mechanics Coordinating Unit Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours lectures/tutorials and 3 hours laboratories per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 1007, MECH ENG 2021, MECH ENG 3101, 6 units of Level II Applied Mathematics courses Course Description This course builds on the concepts learned in core thermofluid courses and extends these to provide practical interpretive and predictive methods. The syllabus begins with a practical and theoretical overview of modern flow measurement techniques, turbulence theory and potential flow theory, followed by methods used to interpret velocity and flow data such as flow topology. These are applied to fundamental flow cases such as free shear flow then specific applications of these flow cases are given through the study of internal flow systems and external flows around air, ground and sea-going vehicles. These include wind tunnels, race cars, high-performance yachts, swimmers, sports balls, cars, birds and fish.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alfonso Chinnici
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate a high level of technical competence in fluid mechanics 2 Describe current practice in fluid and aerodynamic measurement 3 Apply fluid mechanics principles to the analysis of real systems 4 Apply fluid mechanics principles to the design of real systems 5 Apply well developed problem solving and analytical skills 6 Explain the principles underlying sustainable flow system design
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 B B B B C B C C A — B C C — — C
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Course notes – these are essential and required.
Munson, B.R., Young, D.F., Okiishi, T.H., Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, John Wiley and Sons Inc, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th Edition.
A list of other resources will be provided in the lecture notes.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The following information is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. The required time commitment from the beginning of semester to the end of the final exam is 48 hours attendance at lectures, 48 hours of self directed learning, 3 hours of laboratory work, 40 hours completing assignments and laboratory reports and 40 hours of revising course material and preparing for the exam.
Learning Activities Summary
1. Introduction (2.5%)
2. Overview of Experimental Methods (20%)
- Signal analysis & resolution
- Energy cascade and turbulence
- Flow visualization
- Quantitative measurements, including pressure, PIV, LDA, HWA, and fluorescence
- Volumetric visualization and measurement methods.
3. Flow Facility Design (10%)
- Review of analysis techniques
- Optimal design of components, including contractions, diffusers, flow screens, bends, etc.
- Wind tunnel modelling of steady-state and dynamic loads.
4. Flow Structure Analysis (37.5%)
Including but not limited to:
- Potential flow
- Topology & vortex dynamics
- Vortex rings, induced velocity, complex vortex patterns, Biot-Savart law.
- Jets and wakes – statistical flow structure, analytical techniques, similarity solutions, energy cascade
- Turbulent boundary layers - 3D vortex structure, statistical description (not covered every year).
5. Flow System Analysis (30%)
Including but not limited to:
- Ground vehicles
- Aerodynamics of cycling
- Seagoing vehicles
- Hydrodynamics of swimming
- Airborne vehicles – aeroplanes, etc.
- Aerodynamics of Sports Balls
- Other aerodynamic and hydrodynamic sports
- Nature - birds, insects and fish.
Specific Course Requirements
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All assessment tasks are Summative. There are 4 assignments, each worth approximately 3.75% of the assessment, a laboratory that is worth 5%, and a small project that is worth 10% of the total assessment. The open book exam is worth 70%. All assignments are due by 5:00pm on the due date. Details of each task are tabulated below. This schedule is subject to change during the semester. See MyUni for details.
Assessment Task Weighting % Formative/Summative Due (week)* Learning objectives
(See 2.1 above)
Assignments 25 Summative Weeks 2-12 1-6 Laboratory 5 Summative Weeks 2-12 3, 4 Final Exam 70 Summative Exam period 1-6
The first assignment will be in the form of a flow facility design problem, undertaken by individuals pr groups of two students. All other assignments will be based on a problem-solving format. In each case a practical problem will be presented and the students will be asked to provide a solution to that problem. The problem format and difficulty are the same as the final exam. Each student’s submission will be assessed primarily on the quality of their approach to the problem. Students are required to state all assumptions used in their solutions, provide appropriate diagrams, and to follow a standard solution and presentation procedure known as the “problem solving protocol”. Approximately 10% of the marks of each problem are awarded for fulfilling these requirements.
This laboratory consists of an experimental investigation of the lift produced by a spinning cylinder mounted in a wind tunnel. Students will be required to measure the lift force, air speed and cylinder rotational speed in order to calculate the lift coefficient, and then compare the data with published values. Students are required to submit individual reports for each laboratory. Students must have submitted a report and scored at least 35% overall to be eligible to pass the course. Further details are provided by the laboratory demonstrators.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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