Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Josie Carberry (Clayton); Dr Tan Boon Thong (Sunway)


An introduction to momentum transfer. Topics include fluid statics; differential and integral balances of mass, momentum and energy; flow measurement; pipe flow and frictional losses; dimensional analysis; pumps; compressible flow.


  1. Calculate fluid forces acting on bodies which are partially or fully submerged in fluids.
  2. Use control volumes to predict fluid behaviour with particular regard to the principles of continuity, momentum and energy, and the Bernoulli equation.
  3. Use dimensional analysis and modelling to plan experiments, to present results meaningfully and to predict prototype performance.
  4. Calculate lift and drag forces for bodies subjected to fluid motion.
  5. Compute flow rates in pipe networks under steady state conditions.
  6. Understand the typical operation and applications of Pumps and Compressors, their capabilities and limitations, and operating parameters that significantly affect performance
  7. To describe the nature of two-phase flows and to use simple models for prediction of pressure drops in such flows
  8. To classify non-Newtonian Fluids, use constitutive equations for these fluids to predict pressure drops in different flows
  9. Carry out simple experiments relating to fluid properties and flow behaviour.


Assignments: 30%
Examinations (3 hours): 70%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Karen Hapgood

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 1 hour of practice classes, 2 hours laboratory classes and 6 hours of private study per week