Introductory Fluid Mechanics (CIVL2611)


The objective of this unit of study is to develop an understanding of basic fluid concepts for inviscid and incompressible fluids. Topics to be covered will include: basic fluid properties, hydrostatics, buoyancy, stability, pressure distribution in a fluid with rigid body motion, fluid dynamics, conservation of mass and momentum, dimensional analysis, open channel flow, and pipe flow.
This core unit of study together with CIVL3612 forms the basis for further studies in the applied areas of ocean, coastal and wind engineering and other elective fluid mechanics units which may be offered.

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Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs/week; Laboratory 1 hr/week.


Through semester assessment (40%) Final Exam (60%)


Munson, B.R., Young, D.F., Okiishi, T.H. and Huebsch, W.W./Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (SI version)/7th/2012//

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

CIVL2201 AND ENGG1802 AND MATH1001. Students are expected to have a strong understanding of fundamental physics, statics, equilibrium, forces, and dimensional analysis. Familiarity with simple calculus, partial differential equations, and the analytical and numerical solutions.

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.