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Fluid Dynamics

Course Topics

  1. Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
    • Definition and properties of fluids
    • Continuum hypothesis and fluid classification
    • Flow types: steady vs. unsteady, laminar vs. turbulent
  2. Conservation Laws and Governing Equations
    • Mass conservation (continuity equation)
    • Momentum conservation (Navier-Stokes equations)
    • Energy conservation (Bernoulli's equation)
  3. Fluid Statics
    • Pressure, buoyancy, and hydrostatic forces
    • Manometers and pressure measurements
    • Archimedes' principle and applications
  4. Dimensional Analysis and Similitude
    • Buckingham Pi theorem
    • Dimensional homogeneity and non-dimensionalization
    • Model testing and similarity laws
  5. Flow Kinematics
    • Streamlines, streaklines, and pathlines
    • Velocity field and flow visualization techniques
    • Reynolds transport theorem
  6. Laminar Flow
    • Governing equations and solutions
    • Hagen-Poiseuille flow and its applications
    • Boundary layers and separation
  7. Turbulent Flow
    • Characteristics of turbulence
    • Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations (RANS)
    • Turbulence models and their limitations
  8. Flow Measurement Techniques
    • Pitot tubes, hot-wire anemometry, and laser Doppler velocimetry
    • Flow visualization methods
    • Introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  9. Applications of Fluid Dynamics
    • External and internal flows
    • Aerodynamics and hydrodynamics
    • Fluid machinery: pumps, turbines, and compressors
  10. Multiphase Flows
    • Gas-liquid and liquid-liquid interfaces
    • Cavitation and bubble dynamics
    • Two-phase flow regimes and flow patterns
  11. Introduction to Compressible Flow
    • Conservation equations in compressible flow
    • Speed of sound and Mach number
    • Isentropic flow and shock waves
  12. Environmental and Biological Fluid Dynamics
    • Fluid flow in the atmosphere and oceans
    • Biofluid mechanics: blood flow and respiratory system
    • Fluid dynamics in ecology and environmental sciences


The course syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any modifications or updates will be communicated in advance.