Fluid flows are widespread in nature and everyday life. The study of fluid behaviour is a fundamental and evolving field that spans major areas in science. Consequently, this course is designed to be of interest and relevance for all students majoring in Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, or physical streams of marine or climate science. It aims to establish fundamental physical concepts in fluid dynamics, and to apply these concepts to a range of practical examples. At the conclusion of this course students will have an appreciation of a wide variety of fluid phenomena, including areas of current research, and the techniques that can be used to investigate and model flow behaviour.
The course begins with an overview of the field of fluid mechanics, and description of the physics governing fluid flow. These physical principles are applied to a number of examples, including free-surface flows, aerodynamics, stratified flows and gravity waves, convection and heat transfer, and fluid instability. The course includes the dynamics of buoyancy-driven flows, and the effects of planetary rotation, allowing investigation into the circulation of the oceans and the atmosphere. The physics of the greenhouse effect and ocean-atmosphere coupling, which lead to climate dynamics, are also included.
A course highlight is a series of experiments in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a wide range of fluid flows, in terms of the fundamental physical principles and equations that govern them.
2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of how common theoretical, laboratory and numerical techniques can be used to investigate fluid flows.
3. Demonstrate an advanced ability in applying fluid dynamics concepts in geophysical, environmental, physics and engineering contexts.
4. Demonstrate advanced problem-solving and physical modelling ability for a wide range of fluid flows.
5. Demonstrate an advanced ability in technical scientific writing.
Indicative AssessmentIndicative assessment: Assessment will be based on:
Four or five assignments developing problem-solving, data analysis and modelling skills (20% in total; LO 1-4)
Technical report on four or five laboratory experiments, (40% in total; LO 1-5)
Final examination (40%; LO 1-4)
Students in the graduate version of this course will be required to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the material in the assessment items.
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WorkloadA total of 24 lectures, 12 interactive tutorials and 12 hours of laboratory work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgePHYS2013 or PHYS2017 or MATH2306 or MATH2405 or similar
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4598||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|