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MEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Process Fluid Flow

Unit code CHEN10031
Credit rating 10
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

Bernoulli’s 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.


Learning outcomes

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.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written exam 70%

Assessment task


Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Continuous assessment



Exam style assessment




Recommended reading

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.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Hosameldin Anwar Mohamed Abdel Aleem Unit coordinator

Additional notes

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.

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