Credits: 3


Prerequisite: ENES232 and ENES221.
Credit only granted for: BIOE331, ENCE305, ENFP300, or ENME331.
Principles of fluid mechanics. Mass, momentum and energy conservation. Hydrostatics. Control volume analysis. Internal and external flow. Boundary layers. Modern measurement techniques. Computer analysis. Laboratory experiments.

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024, Spring 2024

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