MEng Chemical Engineering with Energy and Environment / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Process Fluid Flow

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEN10031
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by
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

ILO1 :Describe the main properties of incompressible fluids

ILO2:Calculate the hydrostatic pressure resulting from one or more fluids and use it to analyse pressure measurement systems using different configurations of manometers

ILO 3:Classify the flow regimes of fluids based on the Reynolds number

ILO 4: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

ILO 5:Analyse piping systems in terms of energy losses and their causes including pressure drop in pipes

ILO 6:Classify pumps according to their principle of operation, and select the correct pump characteristics for a given piping system

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures provide fundamental aspects supporting the critical learning of the module and will be delivered as pre-recorded asynchronous short videos via our virtual learning environment.

Synchronous sessions will support the lecture material with Q&A and problem-solving sessions where you can apply the new concepts. Surgery hours are also available for drop-in support.

Feedback on problems and examples, feedback on coursework and exams, and model answers will also be provided through the virtual learning environment. A discussion board provides an opportunity to discuss topics related to the material presented in the module.

Students are expected to expand the concepts presented in the session and online by additional reading (suggested in the Online Reading List) in order to consolidate their learning process and further stimulate their interest to the module.

Study budget:

  • Core Learning Material (e.g. recorded lectures, problem solving sessions): 24 hours
  • Self-Guided Work (e.g. continuous assessment, extra problems, reading)     : 44 hours
  • Exam Style Assessment Revision and Preparation: 32 hours

Assessment methods

Assessment Types

Total Weighting

Continuous assessment


Exam style assessments


Please note that the exam style assessments weighting may be split over midterm and end of semester exams. 

Recommended reading

Reading lists are accessible through the Blackboard system linked to the library catalogue.

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Hosameldin Anwar Mohamed Abdel Aleem Unit coordinator

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