MG5008 – Fluid Mechanics (Civil)

Module code
Module title
Fluid Mechanics (Civil)
To introduce the principles of fluid mechanics and apply them in civil engineering hydraulic applications.
  • SC1001
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Apply the principles of fluid statics and dynamics.
2. Analyse pipelines and pipe networks.
3. Analyse uniform and non-uniform open channel flow.
4. Determine the operating characteristics of pumps in a range of pipeline systems.
5. Evaluate the operation and application of a range of equipment used for the measurement of fluid flow in open and closed conduits.
• Pressure and head, manometers; hydraulic lift (jack); resultant thrust on flat-, inclined and curved surfaces; buoyancy, types of flow (uniform, non-uniform, steady, unsteady), Reynold’s number, principle of continuity; fluid energy (Bernoulli), momentum principle, thrust on bends and reducers.
• Major and minor losses, Single pipe analyses, pipes in parallel and series, pipe network analysis.
• Manning’s formula, best channel sections, circular conduits, specific energy, critical depth, sub- and super critical flow, Froude number, flow profiles, practical aspects of channel system design.
• Pump types and applications, turbine types and applications, operating characteristics of centrifugal pumps, pump system optimisation, series vs parallel pumps, variable speed pumps, NPSH.
• Sharp- and broad crested weirs, flumes, flow orifices, flow nozzles, flow meters and gauges (magnetic flow meters, etc)