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ZUG3031 – Advanced Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems

Undergraduate – Module

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Faculty

Business, Engineering and Technology

Offered

South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2020 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2021 (Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 7

Synopsis

This intermediate module is aimed at introducing and expanding on basic fluid mechanics concepts to advanced level that covers more complex areas of fluid mechanics such as boundary layer theory, synthesis of potential flows, drag on two and three-dimensional shapes, including lift and drag on an aerofoil. The students are being equipped with this knowledge with the primary objective of developing an ability to use the governing principles and appropriate equations to provide solutions to fluid flow problems.

Outcomes

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

1Understand the concept of boundary layer theory
2Determine laminar and turbulent boundary layers
3Understand the concept of potential flow
4Describe two-dimensional flow fields (source, sink, vortex) by using mathematical equations
5Synthesise flows by superposition of basic flow elements
6Apply the concept of drag on two and three-dimensional shapes
7Apply the concept of lift and drag on an aerofoil

Assessment

Coursework assessment: 25%
Examination: 75%

Workload requirements

In addition to providing an understanding of basic principles associated with fluid flows, this module introduces students to more complex areas of fluid mechanics with an objective of enabling them to solve structured and unstructured fluids related problems. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements, and class tests. All outcomes will be assessed by means class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)

TBA

Prohibitions

None

Prerequisites

Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems

Co-requisites

None