CHEM ENG 2018 - Process Fluid Mechanics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course aims to introduce you to the fundamentals fluid mechanics and its applications in process engineering. The focus will be on solving fluid flow problems and design of pipeline and equipment for fluid transport. Key topics covered include: The physics of fluid mechanics (fluid properties; fluid statics; fluid kinematics; conservation of mass, momentum and energy; equations of motion; dimensional analysis); The engineering of fluid mechanics (flow in pipes and conduits; flow through pipe fittings; pipe networks; flow measurement; turbomachinery). By the end of this course you should be able to understand the basic principles and analysis of both static and dynamic fluid systems, and perform design calculations on engineering fluid systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 2018
    Course Process Fluid Mechanics
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge MATHS 1012, CHEM ENG 1007
    Assessment tutorials, mid-semester test, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dzuy Nguyen

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain the basic principles of static and fluid systems;
    2 Perform a basic analysis of static and fluid systems;
    3 Devise simple solutions to a range of problems in basic fluid flow;
    4 Work proficiently and effectively in small teams;
    5 Analyse problems using methodical and clearly demonstrated worked solutions;
    6 Use appropriate modelling tools to design pipelines and equipment;
    7 Complete basic design calculations of fluid engineering systems; and
    8 Explain the principles that are in operation in a range of fluid motive and flow measuring devices.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.1   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Munson BR, Rothmayer AP, Okiishi TH, Huebsch WW (2009) Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, 7th Edition, John Wiley and Sons.

    Reference Books

    Holland FA, Bragg R 1995, Fluid Flow for Chemical Engineers, 2nd Edition, Edward Arnold.

    Darby R 2001, Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Marcel Dekker.

    Gerhart PM, Gross RJ, Hochstein JI 1992, Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, 2nd Edition, Addison-Wesley.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the key concepts of the course during tutorial sessions; group activities and in a final examination.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours
    Lectures 22 45
    Tutorials 22 45
    Total 44 90
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Introduction to Fluids and Fluid Mechanics
    Definition of a fluid; shear, strain rate and viscosity; compressible and incompressible flows; inviscid and viscous flows; steady and unsteady flow; laminar and turbulent flow.

    Topic 2: Fluid Properties

    Definition of quantity and property, intensive and extensive properties; density; absolute, gauge and vacuum pressures; thermal properties; compressibility and elasticity; thermal expansion; surface tension; dynamic viscosity; kinematic viscosity.

    Topic 3: Fluid Statics
    Pascal’s law; Archimedes principles; force on a submerged body.

    Topic 4: Fluid kinematics

    Flow regimes; Lagrangian and Eulerian descriptions; streamlines, streaklines and pathlines; dimensionality and directionality.

    Topic 5: Conservation of Mass, Momentum and Energy
    Control-volume rate-of-change equation; simplified forms; equation of continuity; energy equations;
    Bernoulli’s equation; momentum equation.

    Topic 6: Dimensional Analysis
    Geometric, kinematic and dynamic similarity in fluid mechanics; Buckingham’s Pi Theorem; key parameters for incompressible and compressible flows.

    Topic 8: Flow in pipes and conduitsRegimes of flow; developing flow; energy loss in pipes; Darcy-Weisbach equation; friction factor; Hagen-Poiseuille equation; pipe flow calculations.

    Topic 9: Flow through pipe fittings
    Expansions and contractions; loss coefficients; equivalent lengths.

    Topic 10: Pipe networks
    Multiple pipe systems; pipe networks; economic pipe diameter.

    Topic 11: Flow measurement
    Venturi and orifice meters; rotameters; Pitot and impact tubes.

    Topic 12: Turbomachinery
    Centrifugal machines; centrifugal pump selection and sizing; NPSH; similarity and scaling laws; other turbomachines.

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Tutorial Assignments 30 Group Formative 3,5,9,11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
    Test 10 Individual Summative 8 1. 2. 3. 5.
    Final Examination 60 Individual Summative 15 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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