Mechanical Design Engineering BEng/MEng

Fluid Mechanics 3 ENG3030

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to give the students an advanced knowledge and understanding of the various mechanisms of fluid in static and motion.  It provides the students with an ability to analyse the effects of fluid forces and pressure derived by the flow conservation laws in various engineering systems.


2 lectures per week.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses





100% Written Exam

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ provide first a brief review and revision of basic fluid mechanics that the students have already studied in the introductory fluid mechanics course;

■ give the students an ample knowledge of the mechanism of fluid motion, the fluid conservation laws, the variation of fluid pressure in mechanical engineering systems, the head losses in complex pipe networks, and the transient phenomena in fluid flow.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ calculate fluid forces on submerged or partially submerged bodies (ship, submarine, dam etc);

■ measure/determine hydrostatic pressure of incompressible and compressible flows;

■ calculate major and minor losses in complex pipeline and pipe network systems;

■ derive the mass and momentum conservation principles and apply these to model the flow;

■ explain all possible mechanisms of fluid particle motion and to visualise the flow paths;

■ describe the importance of flow transition and the difference between laminar and turbulent flow;

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.