Short Title:Fluid Mechanics 1
Full Title:Fluid Mechanics 1
Module Code:FLUI H2003
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Mechanics and metal work
Module Delivered in 6 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will introduce students to the principals of fluid mechanics and will also lay the foundation for fluids mechanics 2. Students will apply these principles to the solution of engineering problems such as pipe sizing and the selection of system components such as valves and pumps.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Solve fluid statics problems by calculating pressure, force on surfaces and buoyancy forces.
LO2 Apply Bernoulli’s equation and continuity equation to steady state flow.
LO3 Calculate the impact of fluid viscosity on viscous force and torque.
LO4 Calculate pressure drops in circular pipelines for both laminar and turbulent flow.
LO5 Differentiate between dynamic and positive displacement pumps, and calculate pump performance figures (Head, flow rate and efficiency)
LO6 Identify and explain the operation of typical hardware used in commercial pipework; pressure sensors, manometers, flow measurement devices, pipe fittings and valves.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Introduction to Fluid mechanics:
Why we study fluid mechanics, units, dimensional formulae, pressure, state, shear stress, viscosity, compressibility.
Fluids at rest:
Pressure considerations, Pascals law, pressure variation in liquids.
Fluids at rest:
Force considerations,- Forces on submerged surfaces , buoyancy: Archimedes principle, stability of completely submerged bodies, stability of floating bodies.
Application of Bernoulli equation, steady flow energy and continuity equations, venturi meter, pitot static tube.
Pressure measurement and flow measuring techniques.
Fluid Dynamics and viscosity
Definitions of viscosity, shear stress in a liquid, laminar and turbulent flows, flow characteristics, pressure drop in a pipe
Pumped systems
Pump types, pump and system characteristics, pumps in series and parallel, pump flowrate, head and power. Single line pipework systems including a pump and elevation changes. Pipe types and sizes, valves and fittings.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Laboratory Sketch and explain the principles of operation of pressure and flow measurement devices. 6 4.00 Week 2
Laboratory Measure hydro static pressure on a surface 1 6.00 Week 4
Laboratory Verify continuity equation and Bernoulli's equation 2 6.00 Week 6
Laboratory Investigate the transition from Laminar to Turbulent Flow and dependence on Reynolds number. 3,4 6.00 Week 8
Laboratory Verify Torricelli's Theorem 2 8.00 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lab Laboratory practicals 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Outside class 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Tutorial 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Philip M. Gerhart,Andrew L. Gerhart,John I. Hochstein 2017, Munson, Young and Okiishki′s Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, 8th Ed Ed., John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 1119248981]
  • Cengel,Cimbala 2018, Fluid Mechanics, 4th Ed Ed. [ISBN: 1259921905]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

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