PHYS207 Fluid Mechanics

Updated: 12 November 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
04 September 2019 06 September 2019 Mandatory The intensive school is mandatory for all online students and BEngTech on-campus students. Students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School which is held in Armidale. The intensive school includes 1 day of lecture-tutorials, 1.5 days in the laboratory and a 2 hour mid-trimester quiz (supervised internal quiz worth 20% of final grade).
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites PHYS132 or (PHYS122 or PHYS122A) and MATH120 or MTHS110 or (MATH110 or MATH101 or MATH101A or MTHS120) or candidature in BEdStud or BEd(InServConv); or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

Assumed knowledge is two unit extension Mathematics

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Michael Evans (
Unit Description

This unit provides an introduction to fluid mechanics, the study of the behaviour and motion of fluids, both liquids and gases. Applications of fluid mechanics range from studying the haemodynamics of blood flow to climate and ocean modelling, from micro-fluidics in power cells to the dynamics of large gaseous planets and stars. The unit deals with the physics of fluid flow (the underlying principles and theory) as well as the engineering aspects (application to everyday problems).

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. describe and perform calculations with fundamental fluid properties such as density, viscosity and surface tension;
  2. describe and perform calculations involving the static weight, buoyancy and pressure of fluids on retaining structures such as dams, reservoirs and pressurised containers;
  3. describe a range of methodologies in fluid mechanics, including simplifications and assumptions relevant to specific types of problems;
  4. apply the conservation principles of mass, energy and momentum to fluid flows in pipes, pumps and turbines, and perform design calculations for pipe and pump systems;
  5. apply the principles of dimensional analysis to laminar and turbulent flows in pipes, open channels and the atmosphere, and calculate lift and drag forces on aerodynamic machinery; and
  6. describe and perform calculations of open channel flow in steady, gradually varying and rapidly varying situations in constructed channels and natural streams.