KB4027 - Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Soil Mechanics

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What will I learn on this module?

In fluid mechanics you will learn about the fundamentals of fluid behaviour, density, pressure, viscosity, laminar and turbulent flow, hydrostatics, floating structures, the interaction of fluids with solid bodies and fluid flow in pipes. In soil mechanics you will learn about the composition of soils, their strength, stress-strain behaviour and modes of failure and the compression and consolidation of soils under short and long term loading. You will also learn about liquid flows through soils and its link to soil strength and behaviour.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered using lectures, seminars, supervised workshops and laboratory experiments. Fundamentals of fluid mechanics and soil mechanics are studied in the lecture periods, followed by the application of these principles in seminars through problem solving by means of worked examples designed to develop your understanding. You will also work in small groups directly participating in laboratory experiments designed to further develop an understanding of the fundamentals and their application. An awareness of health & safety and risk will be developed during the laboratories. You will learn appropriate conduct when undertaking a laboratory experiment and have knowledge of and an ability to apply the processes involved in laboratory risk assessment. You will be directed to sources in the library and use text books to reinforce class work, revising and re-visiting questions and worked examples carried out in class.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported academically by the module teaching staff. The technical areas of the syllabus will be lecture led, with seminar time for additional support. Staff will also be present during laboratory classes. The eLearning portal will be used to upload lecture materials and additional reading prior to the lecture, thus allowing you to read ahead, prior to your class time. Additional reading materials will be provided to support the delivery of the module and enhance the range of information that is made available.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Explain the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and apply the fundamentals to theoretical and practical problems.
2. Explain the fundamentals of soil mechanics and apply the fundamentals to theoretical and practical problems.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Plot and discuss experimental results and draw conclusions based upon them.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Work as a member of a small team in order to safely carry out laboratory testing and respect the values of other team members.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessments
You will be formatively assessed on all learning outcomes during the seminars and workshops by the module tutor leading the session. Discussion with the module tutor and reflection on your performance will allow you to continuously monitor your ability to feed this forward for your improvement.

Summative Assessment
You will be summatively assessed by Coursework and Examination.

1. Coursework. You will complete and submit a single piece of individual coursework consisting of two sections. The first section will be a laboratory report for Fluid Mechanics, and the second section will be a laboratory report for Soil Mechanics. Your coursework will be used to assess your ability to satisfy MLOs 3 and 4. You will receive individual digital feedback with marks and comments for each section that you complete. Your feedback will give generic consideration of your work, highlighting those areas that you completed successfully and those not so successfully. The intention will be to inform your future coursework and to clarify points of learning that have not been fully assimilated.

2. Examination. You will sit a closed book examination that will only have compulsory questions. The examination will assess your ability to satisfy MLOs 1 and 2. You will receive feedback with marks and comments on the questions you have answered.





Module abstract

In this module you will learn the fundamentals of the behaviour of fluids and of soils, enabling you to describe their behaviour under various different conditions and describe it using mathematical concepts. Many civil engineering projects require an understanding of fluid mechanics – for example water supply and waste water systems, river, coastal and offshore engineering projects require you to understand the behaviour of static and moving water, while other projects require the consideration of wind loading on structures. Further, almost all civil engineering projects involve soil mechanics, since they have foundations built on soil or use soil as a construction material in excavations, embankments and similar structures.

Course info

UCAS Code H201

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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