Checking date: 26/07/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Fluid Mechanics I
Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (251)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Calculus I & II, Linear Algebra, Physics I & II
Fundamental and applied knowledge of the laws that determine the fluid motion and their application to problems of interest in engineering: conservation laws (integral and differential form), dimensional analysis and simplifications of the general equations
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 1.1. Solids, liquids and gases. 1.2. The fluid as a continuum: Fluid particles. 1.3. Density, velocity and internal energy. 1.4. Local thermodynamic equilibrium. 1.5. Equations of state. 2. Flow kinematics 2.1 Coordinate systems 2.2 Eulerian and Lagrangian descriptions. Uniform flow. Steady flow. Stagnation points. 2.3 Trajectories. Paths. Fluid lines, Fluid surface, Fluid Volume. 2.4 Streamlines, stream surface and stream tubes 2.5 Material derivative. Acceleration 2.6 Circulation and vorticity. 2.7 Irrotational flow. Velocity Potential 2.8 Stream function 2.9 Local flow deformation. Strain-rate tensor 2.10 Convective flow 2.11 Reynolds transport theorem. 3. Conservation Laws 3.1. Continuity equation in integral form 3.2 Volume and surface forces 3.3 Stress tensor. Navier-Poisson law 3.4 Forces and moments on submerged bodies 3.5 Momentum equation in integral form 3.6 Angular momentum equation in integral form 3.7 Heat conduction 3.8 Energy equation in integral form. Different forms of the energy equation. 4. Conservation equations in differential form: Navier-Stokes equations. 4.1 Continuity equation 4.2 Momentum equation 4.3 Energy equation. Internal energy and kinetic energy equations. Enthalpy and entropy equations. 4.4 Initial and boundary conditions 4.5 Bernoulli's equation. 5. Fluid statics 5.1 Equilibrium equations 5.2 Hydrostatics 5.3 Forces and moments on submerged bodies. Archimedes' Principle. 5.4 The standard atmosphere 6. Dimensional analysis 6.1 Dimensions of a physical magnitude 6.2 Physical quantities with independent dimensions 6.3 The Pi theorem 6.4 Nondimensionalization of the Navier-Stokes equations; Dimensionless numbers in Fluid Mechanics 6.5 Physical similarity. Partial similarity. Applications. 7. Viscous flow 7.1 Uni-directional viscous flow in channels and pipes: Poiseuille and Couette flows 7.2 Uni-directional unsteady flows: Rayleigh's problem and Stokes' flow 7.3 Flows dominated by viscosity in ducts and channels of slowly varying cross section 7.4 The pipe entrance region 7.5 Introduction to hydrodynamic lubrication. The wedge effect.
Learning activities and methodology
The methodology will combine lecture classes for presentation of the fundamentals with problem solving sessions. 3 of the laboratory sessions, to take place in the computer room, are designed to provide a brief introduction to CFD, to enable students to use FLUENT for solving realistic flow problems. One of the lab sessions will consist of hands-on work in the lab to take measures in a real problem and then use dimensional analysis.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • A. Crespo Martínez. Mecánica de Fluidos. Thompson. 2006
  • D. J. Tritton. Physical Fluid Dynamics. Oxford Science Publications. 1988
  • F. M. White. Fluid Mechanics. Mc-Graw Hill. 2015
  • G. K. Batchelor. An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. Cambridge University Press. 1967
  • L. D. Landau & E. M. Lifshitz. Fluid Mechanics. Pergamon Press. 1987
  • P. A. Lagerstrom. Laminar Flow Theory. Princeton University Press. 1996
Additional Bibliography
  • G.F. Carrier, C.E. Pearson.. Ordinary Differential Equations. . SIAM (SIAM Classics in Applied Mathematics vol. 6). . 1991
  • T. M. Apostol. Calculus. John Wiley and Sons. 1969

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.