Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Module summary

Module code: GEEN1134
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Abdelhafid Belaidi


Pre and co requisites

Fluids and Powder Dynamics


The aim of the course is to build on the knowledge and skills learned in the fluids and powder dynamics course in year two and acquire knowledge on more advanced theories of fluids in motion, with the view to be able to solve complex fluid problems and pursue a career in the field of fluid dynamics.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Recognise and classify different types of fluid flows

2 Analyse fluid behaviour in specialised applications and identify appropriate governing equation for their solution

3 Apply advanced mathematical tools to solve fluid mechanics problems and recognise limitations of such tools

4 Design experimental programme for the investigation of specific fluid problems and critically appraise obtained data against expected results.

Indicative content

Design & sizing pipelines for slurry conveying
Non-Newtonian fluids, Hydraulic conveying, head losses in slurry pipelines, pumps and slurry pumping
Selection of pumps for specific duties
Characteristics of rotodynamic and positive displacement pumps, net positive suction head required and available, cavitation in pumps, pump scaling
Selection of journal and thrust pad bearings
Introduction to lubrication, pressure distribution in bearings, application of laminar flow to bearings
Compressible flows and calculation of supersonic nozzles
Thermodynamic laws and concepts, energy equation, total pressure and total temperature, speed of sound, Mach number, Mach cone, shock waves and flow discontinuity, pitot static tube for high speed flows, one dimensional isentropic flow in ducts, De Laval nozzle, effect of compressibility on drag
Compressible flow in pipes
Constant density model, isothermal flow at low to moderate velocities, isothermal flow model at high velocities
Design & sizing of flow measuring instruments
Level measurement, pressure measurement, velocity measurement, flow rate measurement
Transient flow in pipes
Inertial pressure, pressure transient, velocity and magnitude of pressure waves, reflection wave, slow, rapid and instantaneous closure of valves, pressure-time relationship, effect of friction, effect of pipe elasticity and hoop stresses, surge control.

Teaching and learning activity

The delivery of this course is achieved through a combination of formal lectures and tutorial session. This is complemented by a laboratory programme to re-enforce the theoretical concepts and gain hands-on experience, for example, how to set an experimental programme for the testing of fluid systems. A typical example includes the setting up of cavitation free operating envelop for pumps. To apply theories into practice, students will work on practical challenges such as the design of pipelines for slurry conveying and the design and sizing of separators for the de-watering of slurries. Tutorial sessions will be used to enhance students’ knowledge of analytical tools and their use in the solution of fluid problems.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Continuous Assignment & Quizzes
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1, 2, 3, 4.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 40%.
Pass Mark: 30%.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Examination.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1, 2, 3.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 60%.
Pass Mark: 30%.
Outline Details: Closed book examination.

Students are required to pass all components in order to pass the course.