Graduate Fluid Mechanics I
ME 507A,B,C / AA507 A,B
Class time: Tu Th 10:00-11:20 LOEW206

Problem Solving Sessions will be held on selected Wednesdays, from 1:30 - 2:20 pm, in Loew 201, in coordination with the Homework Assignments.


Professor Alberto Aliseda
office: MEB 306
office hours: MonWedFri 12:00-1:00 or by appointment


Nathanael Machicoane
office: MEB223

Course description Prerequisites
Homework Class notes
Syllabus Exams
Textbook Grading

Course Description

The material in this course will provide the student with a fundamental background in the kinematics and dynamics of fluids, including the basic conservation laws and kinematics of fluid flow, constitutive relationships, Newtonian fluids, dimensional analysis, vorticity dynamics, inviscid flows, and some applications.


Having taken an undergraduate course in fluid mechanics, equivalent to ME 333, plus graduate standing in an engineering or science department; or permission of instructor.  
A graduate course in Continuum Mechanics (AA503/ME503) is strongly recommended.

Class notes

         Class notes are available for download in pdf format.

Homework   /   Homework solutions

Homework will be assigned every other Thursday and will be due in class on Thursday two weeks after it was assigned. Solutions will be posted immediately on the web.


       Statements and solutions for Midterm and Final Exams.

       Midterm Exam will take place in class on the sixth week of classes (Tuesday, Feb. 12, or Thursday Feb. 14). It will last 80 minutes, and will be open books, open notes.


Review. What is Fluid Mechanics?, what is a fluid?                                          (Chapter 1)                          Week 1
             Cartesian Tensors                                                                          (Chapter 2)                       

Kinematics.   Lagragian/Eulerian, Streamlines, Strain rate, Vorticity, ...          (Chapter 3)                          Week 1
Control Volume Formulation of the Conservation Laws                              (Chapter 4)                          Week 2

Differential Formulation of the Conservation Laws. Navier-Stokes            (Chapter 4)                          Week 3-4

Exact solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations                                 
            (Chapter 9)                         Weeks 5-6

Boundary Layer Theory                                                                                   (Chapter 10)                       Weeks 7-8

Vorticity Dynamics                                                                                            (Chapter 5)                         Weeks 9

Potential Flow. Bernouillli Equation                                                               (Chapters 4 and 6)               Week 10


Fluid Mechanics, 5th Edition, by P. K. Kundu, I. M. Cohen and D.R. Dowling, Elsevier/Academic Press

Recommended Reading Material:
           Viscous Fluid Flow, 3rd Edition by F.M. White. McGraw-Hill, Inc. (2005)
                     An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 1st CML Edition by G.K. Batchelor. Cambridge University Press (2000)
           Incompressible Flow, 3rd Edition by R.L. Panton, Wiley & Sons Inc. (2005)
Useful fun stuff:
           An Album of Fluid Motion by Milton van Dyke, Parabolic Press.
                     Multi-Media Fluid Mechanics (CD-ROM), by G. M. Homsy et al., Cambridge University Press.
Recommended links:


Homework             30%
Midterm                 30%
Final                      40%

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