Mechanical Engineering

Applications of Fluid Dynamics

Applications of Fluid Dynamics
External flow, lift and drag, boundary layers; quasi-1D compressible flow, shocks, expansions; turbomachinery design and performance; introduction to CFD with applications.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesME EN 312
 TaughtFall Contact Department, Winter Contact Department, Spring Contact Department, Summer Contact Department
Course Outcomes: 

Governing Equations

Understand and be able to apply conservation of mass, momentum, and energy in differential and integral form to fluid dynamics problems.

External Flow

Be able to predict lift and drag for bodies in external flow fields using computational and empirical methods. Understand important viscous behavior like boundary layer growth, transition, separation, and wake development and their implications for performance and design.

Compressible Flow

Be able to solve quasi-one-dimensional compressible flow problems including the effects of area change and Mach number. Understand the behavior of shocks and expansion fans


Be able to predict performance and understand fundamental design principles for various turbomachinery applications (e.g, jet engines, wind turbines, propellers, compressors).

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Become familiar with the basic terminology and methods of CFD including equation discretization, mesh generation, boundary conditions, convergence behavior, and post-processing. Be able to use CFD software to simulate basic fluid flow applications.