Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This unit introduces students to the concepts, knowledge and skills in fluid mechanics essential for an adequate understanding of fluid behaviour in engineering systems. Topics covered include properties of fluids, fluid statics (pressure and its measurement, hydrostatic force on plane and curved surfaces and equilibrium of floating bodies), principles of fluid flow analysis, concept of control volume and the measurement of flows through pipes and channels. Other topics include momentum principles, the forces on bends, etc., fluid machinery (pumps and turbines) types and performance characteristics, incompressible flow through pipes and ducts, steady uniform flow in channels and the concept of boundary layer, such as drag on bodies.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJoe Petrolito

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CIV2MS and CHE2MES


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsUnderstanding hydraulicsPrescribedHamill, L 20113RD EDN, PAPERMAC

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJoe Petrolito

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Four 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
3 hour examination50
8 assignments (calculation-based)25
8 practicals and laboratory work25