Pre-requisites: Suitable level 3 qualification eg CC at A level, MM at BTEC, or equivalent

Aims/Description: Fluid mechanics is an important subject to engineers of many disciplines, not just those working directly with fluid systems. Mechanical engineers need to understand the principles of hydraulic devices and turbines (wind and water); aeronautical engineers use these concepts to understand flight, while civil engineers concentrate on water supply, sewerage and irrigation. This unit introduces students to the fluid mechanics techniques used in mechanical engineering. The hydraulic devices and systems that incorporate the transmission of hydraulic pressure and forces exerted by a static fluid on immersed surfaces.

Restrictions on availability: AMRC Training Centre

Teaching Methods: Lectures will provide delivery of most of the instructional content. Lectures support all learning outcome. Tutorials will provide further development, recapping and clarification of the themes taught in the pre-contact material. Tutorials will support all learning outcomes. Problem solving/examples classes will include discussion of the answers to pre- contact examples questions and further examples questions and group exercises to develop understanding. Problem solving/examples classes will support all learning outcomes. In addition to the above, laboratory sessions will be timetabled to support all learning outcomes. Independent study supports all learning outcomes. Direction will be provided by the lecturer through the recommendation of sections of relevant textbooks, online resources and examples questions with solutions.
Assessment: Summative laboratory work will assess learning outcomes), for example, students will be required to fill in a proforma during the lab, recording quantitative values and qualitative observations. Assessment is through individual coursework. A 3000-word assessment will be submitted to assess all learning outcomes.

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre):

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