Semesters Offered

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an ability to solve basic and fundamental problems such as the force distribution on a dam, pump size required to move water though a practical pipe network, engine power required to keep a car moving forward at a specified velocity, and wind speed required to test a model car in a wind tunnel.
  • Expand your ability to apply mathematics and physics to engineering problems involving fluid mechanics. This is strongly emphasized through lectures and homework.
  • Expand your ability to conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data through performing the planned laboratories and writing the lab reports. Analysis of experimental error is emphasized.
  • Enhance your ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems through your participation in the problem-based team project this semester. This problem involves the design of scaled model experiments of a complex full-scale engineering device.
  • Enhance your skills related to teamwork through the semester project which is performed in groups of 3 to 5 students.
  • Enhance your ability to learn new material on your own through the problem-based learning aspects of the semester project. In this work, you will learn about an area of fluid mechanics by library research with your group.
  • Enhance your ability to work with modern engineering measurement equipment through the performance of 4 laboratory assignments.


Topics Covered

  • Week 1:  Properties of fluid, rate of strain and stress 
  • Week 2:  Fluid kinematics, Eluerian vs Lagrangian perspective, Material derivative and fluid acceleration, streamlines, streaklines and pathlines 
  • Week 3:  Generalized Equation of Motion: fluid deformation and conservation of mass, forces on a fluid element, the Navier-Stokes equation 
  • Week 4:  Fluid Statics: hydrostatics, manometry, forces on a flat plate 
  • Week 5:  Fluid Statics: forces on a curved plate, buoyancy
  • Week 6:  Inviscid Flow: Euler’s equation along a streamline and normal to a streamline
  • Week 7:  Inviscid Flow: Bernoulli’s equation, examples (pitot tubes, cavitation, free surface flows) and limitations of equation
  • Week 8:  Control Volume Analysis: Reynolds Transport Theorem, Continuity equation
  • Week 9:  Control Volume Analysis: Conservation of Momentum 
  • Week 10: Control Volume Analysis: Conservation of Energy 
  • Week 11: Viscous Flow and exact solutions of Navier Stokes equations 
  • Week 12: Pipe Flow: laminar vs turbulent flow 
  • Week 13: Pipe Flow: Major and minor losses, pipe network 
  • Week 14: External Flow: definition of lift and drag, boundary layers 
  • Week 15: External Flow: boundary layers and common features of blunt and streamlined objects


Learning Outcomes

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

Additional Course Information


Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics w/ WileyPlus access by Munson, Young and Okiishi, 7th Ed., J. Wiley, 2013.

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two 50 minute lectures and one 110 minute studio session each week