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MEC3904 Mechanical Practice 4

Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 17 May 2022


Pre-requisite: MEC3102 or MEC2106 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDNS or MENS or MEPR


The successful practice of the profession of Mechanical Engineering requires a clear understanding of the relationship between engineering and engineering practice. An ability to recognise when a particular theory is applicable and an ability to accommodate the deviations from the theory that occur in the real world is essential. Some knowledge of a wide range of practical techniques, proprietary devices, materials, construction methods etc is also necessary. The engineer must be able to assess a complex situation, identify the critical elements and develop a workable, cost effective solution. All of this requires considerable self-confidence, and the ability to work with and lead teams.

The assessment in this course is competency-based. Students will achieve either a pass or fail for each assessment. Students need to pass all assessment items to successfully complete the course. These competency items form part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the accrediting organisation/s (where relevant).

This course aims at providing you with practical skills needed in many industrial processes. The course is designed to help you review and apply some of the basics of fluid mechanics and heat transfer to practical situations. You will conduct five tasks through which you will gain practical experience with flow visualization, measuring velocity of fluids (gases or liquids), pressures, forces due to fluids and temperature of a fluid or a solid. You will also learn how to experimentally estimate flow rates in pipes and ducts, head losses in fluid systems, and heat flux in steady and transient thermal systems. You will work as part of a team and will be given the opportunity to lead the team.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 External
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 17 May 2022