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MEng Chemical Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Process Fluid Flow
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Introductory concepts of fluid mechanics
Properties of fluids
Units & dimensions, dimensional analysis
Hydrostatics and pressure measurements
Flow in pipes, laminar and turbulent flow, the Reynolds number
The continuity equation
Flow measurement using orifice plates and venturimeters
Pressure drop in pipes, friction factors, the Moody chart
Pressure drop in pipe fittings, the system head curve for pipework
Types of pumps, positive displacement and centrifugal
Centrifugal pumps, pump head curve, match between pump head curve and system curve
Flow in open channels
The unit aims to:
Introduce the basic concepts of fluids, hydrostatics, pressure and pressure measurements.
Introduce the flow of incompressible Newtonian fluids in pipes including flow measurements and losses in piping systems.
Introduce pumps and their use in piping systems, emphasising practical design calculations.
Introduce flow in open channels.
Describe the main properties of incompressible fluids
Calculate the hydrostatic pressure resulting from one or more fluids and use it to analyse pressure measurement systems using different configurations of manometers
Classify the flow regimes of fluids based on the Reynolds number
Apply mass and energy balance (the Continuity and Bernoulli’s equations) to different flow scenarios, including flow measurement calculations using pitot tubes, orifice meters, and venturimeters
Analyse piping systems in terms of energy losses and their causes including pressure drop in pipes
Classify pumps according to their principle of operation, and select the correct pump characteristics for a given piping system
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures supported by problem solving sessions.
Blackboard is used to provide post-lecture notes, additional resources, model answers for tutorial problems, formative assessment online tests and access to podcasts.
The discussion board on Blackboard will be used (in addition to surgery hours) for answering students’ questions and fostering interaction amongst students.
Weighting within unit (if relevant)
Exam style assessment
1) Young, Munson, Okiishi and Huebsch (2012) Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 5th Edition, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN: 0470902159. Joule Library 532/Y1
2) Abulencia JP & Theodore L (2009) Fluid Flow for the Practicing Chemical Engineer, Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-31763-1. Joule Library 620.8 ABU
3) Darby R & Chhabra P (2017) Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics, 3rd Edition, Taylor & Francis, ISBN: 1498724425. Joule Library 532/DAR (this code is for the 2nd Edition)
4) Coulson JM & Richardson JF (1999) Chemical Engineering Volume 1, 6th Edition, Butterworth Heinemann. ISBN: 0750644443. Joule Library 660/COU
5) Holland FA & Bragg R (1995) Fluid Flow for Chemical Engineers, 2nd Edition, Arnold, ISBN: 0340610581. Joule Library 532/HOL.
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|Hosameldin Anwar Mohamed Abdel Aleem||Unit coordinator|
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.