SEM218 - Fluid Mechanics


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

SIT194 and one unit from SEP101 or SEB101


SEE010 or SEJ010

Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 1 x 5 hour practical laboratory per trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning including 2 x 1 hour seminars per week. Students are required to attend and participate in practical laboratory activities at the Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Campus for the scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive activities as detailed in the unit site.


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).

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the End of Unit Assessment.

Unit Fee Information

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