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SEM218 - Mechanics of Fluids

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:SEM319
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Subrat Das


SIT194 and SEP101

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. Students must attend and participate in compulsory activities for this unit at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin . Students must attend and participate in mandatory activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the particular scheduled day during Week 8.


This unit covers the following areas: properties of fluid and fluid statics - basic properties of fluids, concept of ideal and real fluids, basic equations of fluid statics, hydrostatic forces, buoyancy and relative equilibrium; fluid flow concepts and basic equations-methods of describing fluid motion, concept of a control volume, basic equations of continuity, energy and momentum, Euler's equation, Bernoulli equation; dimensional analysis - Buckingham Pi theorem, dimensional and physical similarity; incompressible viscous flow, Hagen-Poiseuille equation, turbulent flow, Reynolds number, Froude number and mixing length hypothesis; steady flow through pipes - Darcy-Weisbach equation, head loss in friction, Moody's diagram, alternative methods to evaluate friction losses in pipes and channels, entry and exit losses, losses in bends and fittings; parallel and branch flow systems; introduction to rorodynamic machines, centrifugal pump performance.


Examination 60%, three assignments 30%, laboratory work 10%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the examination and compulsory attendance is required by all students to unit-specific activities at Waurn Ponds (Geelong). These unit-specific activities may be undertaken either at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester or during a single day of unit-specific activities scheduled during Week 8.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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