CHEM ENG 3035 - Fluid and Particle Mechanics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of fluid and particle mechanics as applied to the handling, processing and transport of multiphase systems. The focus is on industrial processes where fluid (liquid or gas) flowing in the presence of particulate solids is encountered. Key topics covered include particulate systems; mechanics of particles in a fluid; flow through porous media; sedimentation; fluidisation; filtration; solid-fluid transport. By the end of this course you should be able to characterise and describe fluid-particle systems in terms of their physical properties; and perform design calculations and analyses of various typical industrial processes involving fluid and particle systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 3035
    Course Fluid and Particle Mechanics
    Coordinating Unit Chemical Engineering
    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
    Incompatible CHEM ENG 3018
    Assumed Knowledge CHEM ENG 2018
    Assessment Tutorials, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Philip Kwong

    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 Characterise and describe fluid-particle systems in terms of their basic physical properties;
    2 Predict the velocity of particles moving in a fluid as a function of particle characteristics (size, shape, deformability and concentrations) and fluid properties;
    3 Perform basic design calculations and analyses of typical fluid-particle operations and related industrial equipment;
    4 Work proficiently and effectively in small teams.

    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):  

    A C B C C C C A A B A C A
    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Coulson, JM & Richardson JF 1996, Chemical Engineering, V.2, 4th Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford.

    Foust, AS et al 1980, Principles of Unit Operations, 2nd Edition, Wiley and Sons, New York.

    Perry, RH & Green, DW 1998, Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook, 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill, New York.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


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

    Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours Expected total Workload Hours
    Online Lectures 0 18 18
    Workshops 24 24 48
    Tutorials 22 42 64
    Mid-term test 1 5 6
    Practicals 2 1 3
    Exam 3 12 15
    TOTAL 52 102 154

    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Particulate Systems

    Description, characterisation and classification

    Topic 2: Mechanics of Particles in a Fluid

    Rigid particles; Deformable particles (bubbles and drops); Multi particle systems

    Topic 3: Flow through Porous Media

    Single-phase flow;  Two-phase flows (co-current and counter-current)

    Topic 4: Sedimentation

    Batch sedimentation;  Continuous sedimentation; Thickener analysis and design

    Topic 5: Fluidisation

    Theory; Particulate fluidisation; Aggregative fluidisation

    Topic 6: Filtration

    Theory; Batch filtration operations; Continuous filtration

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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)*

    Learning outcomes
    Tutorial Assignments 25 Group Formative 3,5,7,9,11 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Practical 5 Group Formative 6 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Mid-term test 20 Individual Formative 8, 12 1. 2. 3.
    Final Examination 50 Individual Summative 15 1. 2. 3. 
    Total 100
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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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