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ES3D6 - Fundamental Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers

  • Module code: ES3D6
  • Module name: Fundamental Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module is part of the suite of core modules for Mechanical Engineering. It builds upon the Fluid Dynamics part of ES2BO Mechanics and Thermofluids module in Year 2 and prepares students for specialist modules in fluid dynamics in Year 4: ES440 Computational Fluid Dynamics and ES441 Advanced Fluid Dynamics. All Mechanical Engineers require a sound understanding of fluid mechanics. Issues involving aspects of fluid mechanics are involved in the vast majority of engineering problems. This module introduces the elementary principles and concepts and the fundamental theoretical and applied tools required for solving typical problems in mechanical engineering. At the end of the course students should have an understanding of how broad physical principles (conservation of mass, momentum, energy) determine fluid behaviour and lead to mathematical descriptions of key features. Students should be able to utilise the results of such descriptions, together with appropriate modelling, to carry out calculations/estimations of such engineering quantities as pressure, forces (e.g. friction, drag, lift), power requirements, efficiency.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: • Identify the importance and role of fluid mechanics within the Mechanical Engineering profession, and consolidate existing knowledge of fluidic systems; • Communicate an understanding of how broad physical principles (consideration of mass, momentum, energy); • Determine fluid behaviour in complex situations, and devise mathematical descriptions to communicate key features; • Distinguish between differing fluid based phenomena and demonstrate ability to abstract solutions; • Devise appropriate modelling and carry out calculations/estimations of such engineering quantities as pressure, forces [e.g. friction, drag, lift, power requirements, efficiency.]; • Apply complex numerical skills to the solution of fluid mechanics problems.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module includes 30 hours of lectures, 10 hours of examples classes and 1 hour Example Class (Revision) just prior to exam. Total 41 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year3/es3d6

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material and past examination questions

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES3D6-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) 3 hour examination (Summer) 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering (H310) - Year 3
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 3
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 3
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 4
Optional Core
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 3
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 4
Optional
  • BEng Engineering (H106) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 4
  • BSc Engineering (H112) - Year 3