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Units, dimensional analysis, measurement, errors, report writing and fluid mechanics.
Basic concepts: fluid mechanics, liquids and gases, stress/force/mass, properties of fluids (viscosity, surface tension)The SI system for chemical and process engineering and unit conversions.Dimensional analysis of the variables used in chemical and process engineering systems.Static systems: pressure, manometry, atmospheric pressure, barometry.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 area Scale up Pumping • Pumps: pump sizing, net positive suction head, complete system design• Control of flow with valves and variable speed Pipe networks.Optimal pipe diameter and economic analysis.Buoyancy and drag.Compressible flow. Introduction to Microfluidics.
COURSE OBJECTIVESAt the completion of the course students will be able to1. Convert old units to SI for quantities commonly encountered in chemical engineering.2. Carry out calculations for fluid mechanics involving static pressure, pipe flow profiles and pressure drop, pumping and other related topics.3. Understand different types of flow measurement.4. Work as a team for the creative design of a “water feature” and for lab work and reporting.5. Write professional reports for an appropriate audience6. Be proficient at using Excel for fluid mechanics calculations.7. Have a practical understanding of uncertainties as seen in a laboratory flow system.
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.
LECTURES AS FOLLOWS:First Semester 2017: Monday 10:00 – 10:50 E7Wednesday 9:00 – 9:50 A3Friday 9:00 – 9:50 Law108There will be tutorial sessions amongst the lectures.Fluid labs, test and water feature demonstration are also timetabled.
CONCERNSStudents with concerns about the course should contact the course coordinator, (Anne Gordon), director of 1st Pro Studies (Ken Morison), or the Head of Department (Prof. Peter Gostomski).
COURSE REQUIREMENTSBoth labs must be attended to pass the course. Both lab reports must be handed in and completed to a satisfactory standard to pass the course. Each student must sign submitted lab reports. Late reports and assignments will be penalised 25% per day after the due date.LABORATORIESFluid Flow Lab: There will be one afternoon 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 week of the semester, each group will demonstrate their water feature. A group report will be required.
Holland, F. A. , Bragg, R;
Fluid flow for chemical engineers;
2nd ed. ;
Edward Arnold, 1995 (This text is also recommended for ENCH393).
COURSE POLICIES ON COLLABORATION AND CHEATINGSolving problems in small teams and collaborative learning when working on assignments is encouraged. However direct copying will result in reduced or zero marks for all students involved. The assignments are mainly a tool to prepare you for the exams. We advise you to try them individually before collaborating in groups.GENERAL POLICIES OF THE DEPARTMENTStudents may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as special consideration applications, appeal procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar
RELATION TO OTHER COURSESThis is a core chemical engineering course and is a prerequisite of ENCH393.
All assessment marks might be scaled to ensure that a reasonable range of grades is obtained when the University Grading Scale is applied. Students should not rely on their raw marks. A mark of 40% in the exam is required to pass this course.
Late submissions will lose 25% grade per day overdue.
To be submitted to the course coordinator, or see Department policy on Special Considerations.
To be submitted to the course coordinator
CAPE reception, 4th Floor Link building, or to Learn (as directed).
Domestic fee $937.00
International fee $5,125.00
* 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.