Module Overview

Fluid Mechanics 1

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.

Module Code

FLUI H2003

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is 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.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70