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Undergraduate Course: Fluid Mechanics 2 (SCEE08003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe student should develop an awareness of the qualitive behaviour of fluids in typical situations so that models of problems can be set up for solution. The course's objectives are to:
1. Produce quantitative solutions for models derived from some useful applications in the fields of measurement and pipe flow;
2. Establish enough theoretical background to enable the range of validity of these basic solutions to be understood; and to
3. Provide a starting point with respect to terminology and theory for more advanced study in subsequent years.
Course description L1 Properties of Fluids
Shear stress, viscosity, density, compressibility, surface tension.

L2 Simple Flow Fields and Phenomena 1
Laminar and turbulent flow states; flow in a duct, flow over a flat plate; flow round objects; separation & wakes; vortex shedding; drag.

L3 Simple Flow Fields and Phenomena 2
Reynolds number; Strouhal number. More simple flow fields; orifice flow, flow round bends. Terminology: external/internal; steady/transient, real/ideal, laminar/turbulent, compressible/incompressible; vectors, streamlines & pathlines.

L4 Introduction to Dimensional Analysis

L5 Fluid Statics 1
Pressure; variation of pressure with height; 'head'; manometers and other pressure measurement devices.

L6 Fluid Statics 2
Forces on submerged surfaces - 'centre of pressure', 'centre of force'.

L7 The Continuity Equation
The continuity equation; flow between plane walls. pipe flow.

L8 Equations of Motion
Equation of motion along a streamline; steady-state equation (Euler's momentum equation); motion perpendicular to a streamline - significance of pressure gradients.

L9 Bernouilli¿s Equation
Time dependent Bernoulli equation; Steady state Bernoulli equation.

L10 Applications of Bernouilli
Example applications of Bernoulli equation: siphons, flow with area change, flow around a pipe bend.

L11 Velocity and Flow Rate Measurement
Pitot tube & Pitot-static tube. Flow rate measurement - restriction flow meters (general); venturi meter.

L12 Hydraulic Structures
Orifice plate; reservoir-orifice flow; linked reservoirs; orifice flow under varying head; flow over weirs.

L13 Laminar and Turbulent Flow
Laminar flow between plates. Laminar flow through a round pipe - Hagen Poiseuille equation.

L14 Turbulent Flow in Pipes
Head/pressure losses due to friction; friction coefficient - functional dependency via dimensional analysis.

L15 Losses in Real Pipes
Moody diagram & equation.

L16 Pipe Systems
Losses in bends and fittings; loss coefficient.

L17 The Momentum Equation
The momentum equation for steady flow.

L18 Applications of the Momentum Equation
Force of jet on plates and vanes; force on pipe bends; head loss due to sudden expansion / contraction

L19 Revision / contingency

L20 Revision / contingency
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs PPE (lab coat, safety glasses, safety shoes/boots as prescribed by programme handbook).
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 3, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% Examination
50% Coursework

The School has a 40% Rule for this course, whereby you must achieve a minimum of 40% in coursework and 40% in written exam components, as well as an overall mark of 40% to pass a course. If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course students should be able to:
1. Qualitatively describe and categorise fluid flow regimes, including internal vs external flows; laminar vs turbulent flows; boundary layers and velocity profiles; separation and wakes.
2. Appreciate the importance of Dimensional Analysis techniques and dimensionless parameters in fluid mechanics; Reynolds number; Mach number.
3. Calculate form and skin friction drag forces using appropriate drag formulae and coefficients.
4. Solve basic hydrostatics problems involving manometers and submerged surfaces.
5. Explain the significance of pressure gradients parallel to, and normal to a streamline.
6. Understand the concept of continuity, and be able to use the continuity equation to calculate the flow rate in a duct using an appropriate velocity profile;
7. Understand physical basis of Bernoulli's equation, and apply it in flow measurement (orifice and Venturi meter, Pitot-static tube), and to a variety of problems involving area change and height change.
8. Solve basic problems involving pressure losses through pipes and pipe bends and fittings.
9. Understand the basic Momentum equation and the concept of a control volume. Use the equation to calculate impulse and reaction forces due to the interaction of a fluid stream with objects, and pressure drops.
Reading List
Civil ¿ Chadwick, Morfett & Borthwick: Hydraulics in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 5th edition, Spon, £38

Chemical ¿ McCabe, Smith and Harriott: Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, Intl edition, McGraw Hill, £53

Mechanical ¿ Douglas, Gasiorek, Swaffield & Jack: Fluid Mechanics, 6th edition, Pearson, (with ¿free¿ on-line tools) £47.50

but I suggest that you don¿t rush off and buy¿ try library copies of these and others; consider 2nd hand copies (earlier editions usually fine)
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Course organiserProf Tom Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)50 8701
Course secretaryMiss Maryna Vlasova
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