Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Fluid Mechanics C

CEE20003 12.5 Credit Points
One Semester or equivalent
Contact hours
5 hours per week


MTH10007 Engineering Mathematics 2 /
MTH10013 Linear Algebra and Applications


Aims and learning outcomes

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of fluid mechanics, an appreciation of the design principles in fluid systems, the ability to analyse existing fluid systems and contribute to new designs.

Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental conservation principles to fluid mechanics problems. (K1, K2, K3) (EAC PO 1)
  2. Use dimensional analysis to perform fluid flow behaviour and its effects. (S1, S2) (EAC PO 2)
  3. Recognize and apply concepts of viscous and inviscid flow, and boundary layers to simple flow situations. (K4, S2) (EAC PO 1)
  4. Perform design calculations using the modelling and prediction techniques to fluid systems design and operation. (K1, K3, K4, S1, S3) (EAC PO 3)
  5. Execute experiments, interpret results and generate high quality reports as part of a team and as an individual. (K2, S1, A2, A7) (EAC PO 4)

Unit information in detail

– Learning and teaching structures, content and assessment.

Learning and teaching structures

Lectures (39 hours), Tutorials (24 hours), Labs (9 hours) per semester.


  • Basic concepts of fluid mechanics
  • Fluid statics: hydrostatic pressure and forces on bodies immersed in a fluid at rest; buoyancy
  • Flowing fluids and pressure variation in flowing fluids
  • Control volume approach and momentum and mass conservation equations
  • Bernoulli equation and its application
  • Two-dimensional potential flows
  • Energy equation
  • Flow in conduits and pipe systems, friction and pressure-head loss
  • Flow over immersed body, boundary layer and its effects
  • Dimensional analysis and similitude
  • Pumps: operation and performance


TypesIndividual or Group TaskWeightingAssesses attainment
of these ULOs
Test 1Individual10%1
Test 2Individual10%1
LaboratoryGroup15%1, 3, 5
AssignmentGroup25%1, 4
Final ExaminationIndividual40%1, 2, 3, 4

Study resources

–¬†Resources and reference material.

Resources and reference material

A list of reading materials and/or required texts will be made available in the Unit Outline.