An introduction to compressible and incompressible flow in Pipe Networks and Fluid Machines

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of basic fluid mechanics through the analysis of series and parallel pipe flows with major and minor losses including flows between reservoirs.

  2. Understand the analysis of large-scale pipe networks using the Hardy Cross Method and demonstrate its application on a given simple pipe network.

  3. Choose appropriate centrifugal pumps, fans and turbines for given applications based on the manufacturer’s performance curves while avoiding cavitation and assess their performance.

  4. Analyse compressible flow with an understanding of the importance of the flow velocity Mach number and evaluate friction factors for such flows.

  5. Use ventilation and airborne contamination as a criterion for fan or pump selection and approximate losses for non-circular ducts using the equivalent hydraulic diameter.

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%