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Units, dimensional analysis, measurement, errors, report writing and fluid mechanics.
Topics1. Basic concepts: fluid mechanics, liquids and gases, stress/force/mass, buoyancy, properties of fluids2. The SI system for chemical and process engineering3. Dimensional analysis of the variables used in chemical and process engineering systems4. Pressure in static systems: pressure, manometers, atmospheric pressure, barometry5. Dynamic systems: • Bernoulli’s equation: applications of Bernoulli to flow measurement, including pitot tube, orifice, venturi, weir and rotameter• Friction• Pipe flow: laminar flow, turbulent flow, velocity profiles, pressure losses in pipes and fittings, non-circular ducts, double integrals to determine area6. Scale up7. Pumping• Pumps: net positive suction head, complete system• Control of flow with valves and variable speed8. Pipe networks• Solving for pressure and flow in pipe networks using Newton’s method9. Brief topics• Optimal pipe diameter• Compressible flowLaboratoriesFluid Flow Lab: There will be one afternoon (consisting of two laboratories) for each student to investigate pumping and flow measurement in the Civil Engineering Fluids Laboratory in the second term. Students will work as a team in groups of 5 or 6. A group report will be required.Water Feature: During term 2, students will work in groups of 5 or 6 to design and build a water feature. In the last Tuesday of the semester (2nd June), each group will demonstrate their water feature. A group report will be required
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.
Holland, F. A. , Bragg, R;
Fluid flow for chemical engineers;
2nd ed. ;
Edward Arnold, 1995 (This text is also recommended for ENCH393).
Domestic fee $901.00
International fee $4,863.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Chemical and Process Engineering.