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ZUG2032 - Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2019 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2020 (Extended Programme)

8 credits, NQF Level 6


This module provides an understanding of the inherent properties of liquids and gasses in the context of viscosity and density. It describes the effect of these properties on fluid behaviour when operating under laminar and turbulent flow conditions. The emphasis is on the importance of pressure and velocity in fluid mechanics. Other important aspects of this module are fluid statics, fluid dynamics, and Bernoulli equations. It demonstrates the application of basic equations with respect to various forms of fluid flow.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand definitions and properties of fluids
2Identify fluid properties and apply correctly in basic equations
3Perform fluid statics calculations
4Understand the principles of viscous flow
5Understand the basic equations in fluid dynamic
6Solve problems in hydraulic transportation of fluids
7Apply governing equations for forces on submerged surfaces


Coursework assessment: 25%
Examination: 75%

Workload requirements

Fluids in the form of liquids and gases, scientifically known as incompressible and compressible fluids are the common utility service products used in many industrial applications. These fluids are also the standard sources of energy in power plants applications. Therefore this module is necessary to enable the students to understand all the basic principles associated with fluid flows. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements and class tests. All outcomes will be assessed by means of class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Basic Mathematical Concepts, Advanced Mathematical Concepts, Basic Concepts in Physics


Differential and Integral Calculus