• Class Number 2365
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Xiaolin Wang
    • Jingnan Tong
    • Dr Xiaolin Wang
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
    • Richard Zhang
SELT Survey Results

This course explores the fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics and heat transfer, and their applications in engineering. The course begins by introducing analysis of static fluid bodies and then continues with fluid dynamics, principally the effects of viscous and thermal boundary layers. Fluid conservation equations are presented in detail. Fluid conveyancing through pipework and external flow analysis complete the coursework on fluids. The concept of boundary layer behaviour is then extended to heat transfer. Conduction, convection are treated at a fundamental level, leading to analysis and design of heat exchangers. Finally, radiation heat transfer is presented in a wider context.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Apply fluid conservation and energy efficiency principles to engineered fluid systems.
  2. Analyse loads on structures surrounding static bodies, as well as fluid piping systems and systems involving heat transfer.
  3. Understand the principles of flow measurement.
  4. Use opportunities to determine energetic or exergetic improvement of engineered systems.
  5. Critically examine fluid systems and suggest improvements to design.
  6. Critically examine heat transfer and thermal losses in engineered systems.
  7. Apply combined fluid flow and heat transfer principles to analyse complex thermo-fluid systems.
  8. Apply fluid flow and heat transfer principles to advanced engineering research problems.

Research-Led Teaching

This course will incorporate examples based on recent developments in pertinent engineering and science research to demonstrate the wide applicability of fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Three research seminars are arranged for you in Week 4, 7 and 10, respectively on the topics of:

· fluid mechanics & transport phenomena, a PhD project presented by Mr Morteza Hangi

· fluid mechanics in biomedicine, presented by Dr Nicolo Malagutti

· heat exchanger optimisation, a PhD project presented by Mr Morteza Hangi

Additional Course Costs

Additional costs that students undertaking this subject incur are for the recommended textbook.

Examination Material or equipment

The mid-semester exam and the final exam are material-restricted. The allowed items are the course textbook, course handouts, student notes, homework assignments and solutions, and a non-programmable calculator.

Required Resources

Outline at Programs and Courses

Wattle page

Textbook 1: M.C. Potter, D.C. Wiggert, and B.H. Ramadan. Mechanics of Fluids. Fifth (SI) edition, Cengage Learning, Boston, 2017

Textbook 2: T.L. Bergman, A.S. Lavine, F.P. Incropera, and D.P. DeWitt. Introduction to Heat Transfer. Sixth (SI) edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc., Hoboken, 2011.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

• Written comments in returned assignments on Turnitin

• Written comments to the whole class and groups on Wattle Forum.

• Verbal comments to the whole class and groups in lectures, tutorials and laboratory practice sessions.

• Verbal comments to individuals at consultations.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to fluid statics
2 Fluids in motion Homework 1 due
3 Conservation equations (integral) Homework 2 due
4 Conservation equations (differential) Homework 3 due
5 Internal and external flows Homework 4 due
6 Turbomachinery and measurements Homework 5 due, Mid-semester exam
7 Introduction to heat transfer / Laboratory practice 1 Homework 6 due
8 Conduction Homework 7 due, Laboratory practice 1 report due
9 Convection Homework 8 due
10 Heat exchangers Homework 9 due
11 Radiation / Laboratory practice 2 Homework 10 due
12 Numerical methods / Past-year Exam Review Homework 11 due, Laboratory practice 2 report due

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Homework 30 % 1-8
Laboratory reports 20 % 1, 3, 5, 6, 7
Mid-semester exam 10 % 1-4
Final exam 40 % 1-8

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation in any course element is not mandatory. However, unjustified absence in the mid-semester exam and the final exam will automatically result in a 0 mark for the corresponding assessment item.


Formal exams will include one mid-semester exam (Zoom, 1.5 hours including reading time and submission time, Thursday of Week 6) and one final exam (time and venue TBA, 2 hours including reading time and submission time). The mid-semester exam covers the material from weeks 1–5. The final exam covers the materials of the whole course. The exams are to be solved in class individually without communications among the course participants or with third parties.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-8


11 homework assignments are released in Week 1-11 weekly and submitted online with an ANU cover sheet.

Due date: Weekly, Week 2-12.

Value: 30% (2.73% per assignment)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7

Laboratory reports

Scientific report of laboratories after lab practice in Weeks 7 and 11.

Due date: Week 8, 12

Value: 20% (2 x 10%)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Mid-semester exam

The mid-semester exam and the final exam are material-restricted. The allowed items are the course textbook, course handouts, student notes, homework assignments and solutions, and a non-programmable calculator.

Due date: In-class, Week 6

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-8

Final exam

The mid-semester exam and the final exam are material-restricted. The allowed items are the course textbook, course handouts, student notes, homework assignments and solutions, and a non-programmable calculator.

Due date: ANU examination period

Value: 40%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

  • You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

Hard copy submission is not accepted in this course.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assessed homework assignments and laboratory practice reports will be made available to students through Turnitin. Marked mid-semester exam papers will be available for viewing on request.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Not required.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Xiaolin Wang

Research Interests

Building energy systems

Solar heating and cooling

Phase change thermal storage

Carbon dioxide hydrate based thermal storage/carbon capture/desalination

Gas hydrate thermodynamics and kinetics

Dr Xiaolin Wang

Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Thursday 15:00 17:00
Jingnan Tong

Research Interests

Jingnan Tong

Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Dr Xiaolin Wang

Research Interests

Dr Xiaolin Wang

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Thursday 15:00 17:00
Richard Zhang

Research Interests

Richard Zhang

Wednesday 14:00 15:00

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