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Unit information: Fluids 1 in 2019/20

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Unit name Fluids 1
Unit code AENG11101
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Jones
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


An introduction to the fundamental behaviour of fluids and basic analysis techniques required by the engineers. This includes the study of: fluid statics; basic concepts such as Eulerian and Lagrangian approaches; the qualitative assessment of flow behavior such as turbulence and separation; similarity and dimensional analysis; quasi-one-dimensional approximations such as Bernoulli's equation and cross stream variations; control volume analysis in simple flow situations and the basics of 2D potential flow theory.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit the student will:

• have gained a qualitative feel for the way fluids behave, particularly gases;

• possess a knowledge of the continuity and momentum equations of fluid flow, and should be able to apply them to a variety of situations of interest to engineers;

• have an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of mathematical models, and, the role of assumptions in modelling

Teaching details

24 lectures and 2 lab classes of 3 hours each

Assessment Details

80% Examination (2 hours)

20% lab classes (2 classes, 1 online assessment)

3 online tests (no credits but must pass).

Reading and References

  • Massey, B., “Mechanics of Fluids” 2011, 9th ed., Routledge. ISBN: 0415602602
  • White, F., “Fluid Mechanics” 2015, 8th ed., McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0073398276
  • Anderson, J.D, “Fundamentals of Aerodynamics” 2011, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0071289089