ENGCV223-18B (HAM)

Water Engineering 1

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering


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Paper Description

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This course covers the basic principles of fluid mechanics. Topics include fluid statics, fluid dynamics, Bernoulli and energy equations, momentum analysis of flow structures, flow measurement, dimensional analysis, internal flow in pipes and ducts, external flow over streamlined and bluffed bodies, pump sizing and selection, and an introduction to open channel flow.

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Paper Structure

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The paper is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratories. There will be three lectures and one tutorial per week, plus a total of four marked laboratories and one demonstration laboratory. The design workshops, to help students with their fluid design challenge project, will begin in week 4 and run once a week. Please note that laboratory classes start in the second week of the semester and are an essential part of the learning for this paper.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Explain in scientific terms the underlying principles and mechanisms that govern the behaviour and motion of fluids in internal and external flows.
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  • Apply dimensional analysis principles to thermo-fluid modelling of real world situations.
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  • Solve practical thermo-fluid problems that engineers are likely to face in the real world.

    These include:

    • application of Newton’s law of viscosity to shearing surfaces,
    • hydrostatics to submerged surfaces,
    • the application of the Bernoulli equation to mechanical energy process,
    • pump sizing,
    • pipe friction loss,
    • linear and angular momentum,
    • drag and lift calculations,
    • open channel flow calculations.
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The learning outcomes are assessed in weekly assignments, labs, a test and an exam, weighted as shown:

50% Final exam (Closed Book)

10% Test 1

10% Assignments

10% Lab work

20% Fluids design challenge

Final exam

The final examination, held during Examination weeks, will cover the whole semester’s lecture material. It will be a closed book examination. Programmable calculators, not containing stored information, are allowed. It is worth 50% of your final grade. The format of the final examination will be discussed in lectures during the last week of the course.


There will be one restricted book test to help you prepare for the final exam. ONE sheet (2 sides) of A4 notes. The test is worth 10% of your final grade. The date is shown below. The format will be discussed in class prior to the test.


There will be five tutorial assignments given out in the tutorial sessions starting in week one.

They contribute 10% to the final mark. Assignments should be handed to the main Faculty reception desk on the ground floor of FG Block by 10:00 am one week after they were handed out. Worked solutions will be posted on Moodle after the due date.

Lab work

There are four laboratory sessions. Each student is required to keep a journal of each laboratory session in an A4 hard-covered notebook. This journal should be handed to the main Faculty reception desk on the ground floor of FG Block, by 10 am four days after the lab (worth 5%). Students are also required to submit one lab report, which will be worth 5% of your final grade.

Fluids Design Challenge Project

A group project that involves students designing a simplified small town water supply system. The project is worth 20% of your final grade.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test one
14 Aug 2018
6:00 PM
2. Tutorial Assignments
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box
3. Lab work
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box
4. Fluids Design Challenge Group Report
8 Oct 2018
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Çengel, Y.A., & Cimbala, J. M. (2010). Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications. Second Edition, McGraw Hill Publication

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Recommended Readings

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Mott, R. L., & Untener, J. A. (2015). Applied Fluid Mechanics. Seventh Edition, Pearson Education Publication
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access lecture notes, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc. and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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36 hr lectures, 12 hr tutorials, 8 hr of labs, 6 hr of design workshops plus 88 hr for assessment and independent study.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisites: ENGEN110 or ENGG110 or ENGME221 or ENMP221




Restricted papers: ENGCB223, ENMP223, ENGME323

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