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SEM218 - Fluid Mechanics

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Subrat Das


SIT194 and one unit from SEP101 or SEB101


SEE010 or SEJ010

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 3 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 1 x 5 hour practical class per trimester. All students are required to attend and participate in practical activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week.

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 x 1 hours of class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week and 1 x 5 hour practical class per trimester.   Students are required to  attend and participate in practical activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the scheduled day during the trimester intensive week.


This unit provides an introduction to fluid mechanics, the study of the behaviour and motion of fluids, both liquid and gases. It covers concept of ideal and real fluids, basic equations of fluid statics, hydrostatic forces, buoyancy and surface tension and relative equilibrium. Application of fluid mechanics range from studying laminar and turbulent flows, drag and lift, pressure losses in various fluid handling systems. The unit deals with the physics of fluid flow (the underlying principles and theory) as well as the engineering aspects (application to everyday problems).


Examination 60%, two problem solving tasks (10% each) 20%, laboratory work 20%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the examination and a mark of at least 40% in the laboratory work.

Prescribed texts

Cengel & Cimbala, 2013, Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals & Applications, 3rd Ed, McGraw Hill

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