MEC2106 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
Pre-requisite: MAT1500 and CIV1501
Technologists have a particular need to understand the behaviour of fluids for, amongst other things, they have the professional task of employing them in the massive technological field of energy conversion. This course presents the fundamental concepts of fluid behaviour, both under static and dynamic conditions. This course is designed to give the student the ability to analyse many practical problems in which fluid is the working medium. The aims of the analysis are to estimate forces on objects due to the fluid which can be either static or flowing (this is an important step in the design of these objects), to detect causes of decline in performance, and to recommend solutions to prolong the life and improve efficiencies of fluid systems. Basics of Thermodynamics and heat transfer in its three different modes; conduction, convection and radiation, are also introduced. This is to enable the student to analyse simple thermal systems and cycles.