Checking date: 25/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Introduction to fluid mechanics
Bachelor in Security Engineering (Plan: 282 - Estudio: 272)

Coordinating teacher: VERA COELLO, MARCOS

Department assigned to the subject: Thermal and Fluids Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
To take this course it is necessary to have completed the course on Solid and Fluid Mechanics scheduled for the second year.
The Fluid Mechanics course aims to provide students with a deep understanding of the fundamental principles that govern the behavior of fluids. Objectives include gaining knowledge of fluid kinematics, conservation laws (mass, momentum, and energy), as well as the ability to apply dimensional analysis to simplify problem solving. The course aims to train students to analyze and solve practical problems related to fluid flow in various engineering contexts.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Introductory course to the theory of fluid mechanics. The course starts presenting basic kinematic concepts. The Reynolds transport theorem will then be used to deduce the conservation, or Navier-Stokes, equations (continuity, momentum and energy), which will be applied in integral form to the analysis of simple problems. Finally, there will be an introduction to dimensional analysis, including the Pi theorem and the concept of physical similarity, with simple applications that motivate its usefulness. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics Fluids vs. solids Continuous medium approximation Fluid properties Local thermodynamic equilibrium Fluid Kinematics Description of fluid motion streamlines trace lines Trajectory and path Fluid lines, fluid surfaces, and fluid volumes Reynolds Transport Theorem Law of Conservation of Mass Concept and formulation Practical applications Law of Conservation of Momentum Basic formulation External forces acting on a fluid volume Surface forces Body forces Practical applications Energy Conservation Law Energy conservation principle Work of external forces acting on a fluid volume Practical applications Dimensional analysis Basic concepts and fundamentals The Pi or Vaschy-Buckingham theorem Physical similarity Applications to fluid mechanics
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • 3 - F. M. White. Fluid Mechanics (5ª ed). McGraw-Hill. 2004
  • 4 - J. H. Spurk. Fluid mechanics: problems and solutions. Springer. 1997
  • 5 - G. I. Baremblatt. Scaling, Self-Similarity and Intermediate Asymptotics. Cambridge University Press. 1996
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • B. R. Munson, D. F. Young y T. H. Okiishi. Fundaments of Fluid Mechanics. Addison-Wesley Iberoamericana. 2002
  • E. J. Shaughnessy Jr., I. M. Katz y J. P. Schaffer. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. Oxford University Press. 2005
  • M. Van Dyke. An Album of Fluid Motion. The Parabolic Press. 1982
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.