CIVIL 202 : Fluid Mechanics and Pipe Flow


2024 Summer School (1240) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Approaches to fluids: classification, dimensional analysis and similarity, integral and differential flow analysis; fluid properties; hydrostatics: pressure distribution in fluids, manometry, forces on plane and curved surfaces; conservation of mass; conservation of energy: Bernoulli equation, energy losses and gains, laminar and turbulent pipe friction losses, local losses, pipes in series and parallel, pipe networks, pumps, cavitation; conservation of momentum: Newton’s Second Law, dynamic forces, fluid transients, Joukowsky equation.

Course Overview

This course introduces the basic concepts of fluid mechanics applied to continuous fluid media. It introduces different approaches to analysing the complex behaviour of fluids, fluid properties and how the principles of mass, energy and momentum conservation are applied to solve problems involving fluids either at rest or in motion. Particular attention is given to pipe flow applications, including friction losses, pipes in series and parallel, pipe networks, pumps and fluid transients.

Course Requirements

Restriction: CIVIL 230, 331

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and apply different approaches to analysing fluids. (Capability 1.1)
  2. Identify and describe the main mechanical properties of fluids. (Capability 1.1)
  3. Formulate and solve problems relating to the pressures and forces exerted by stationary fluids on fixed surfaces. (Capability 1.1 and 2.1)
  4. Apply the principles of conservation of mass, energy and momentum to solve various fundamental problems involving fluid flows. (Capability 1.1 and 2.1)
  5. Apply the principles of fluid mechanics to solve pipe flow problems that incorporate individual pipes, pipes in series and parallel, pipe networks and pumps. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 3.1 and 4.1)
  6. Apply the principles of fluid mechanics to solve problems of fluid transients in simple pipe systems. (Capability 1.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Final Exam 50% Individual Coursework
Test 20% Individual Coursework
Problems and quizzes 30% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Final Exam
Problems and quizzes

Students must sit the exam to pass the course. Otherwise, a DNS (did not sit) result will be returned.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 36 hours of lectures, a 6 hours of tutorials,48 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 60 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode


The course will include live online events including tutorials and these will be recorded.
Attendance on campus is required for the test and exam.
Where possible, study material will be available at course commencement.
This course runs to the University Summer School timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Required learning resources for this course will be provided, including a pdf course book and digital sections of relevant textbooks or research papers.

Health & Safety

Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety section of the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook. Closed-toe footwear will be required for all laboratory and other sessions in the multi-disciplinary learning spaces (MDLS). Students also need to complete an online Health and Safety Induction prior to entry into these learning spaces. 

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

This is the first time CIVIL 202 is run as a Summer School course, but we will do our best to make it a great learning experience. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 09/11/2023 05:15 a.m.