Checking date: 28/03/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Fluid Dynamics
Study: European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physic (273)

Coordinating teacher: MARTIN SOLIS, JOSE RAMON

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Physics

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
No prior knowledge is mandatory
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
The students are expected to acquire a basic knowledge of the fundamental laws of the mechanics of fluids in both incompressible and compressible regimes, and of their application.
Description of contents: programme
The continuum hypothesis. Definition of thermodynamic properties. Gas models. Fluid kinematics. Eulerian and Lagrangian coordinates. Local and material derivative. The Reynolds transport theorem. Continuity equation. Momentum equation and definition of the stress tensor. Energy equation. First thermodynamic principle. The Bernoulli¿s principle. Fluid statics. Stevino¿s law. Hydrostatics. Forces on immersed bodies. Non-dimensional version of the Navier-Stokes equations. The Buckingham PI theorem. Relevant non-dimensional numbers in fluid mechanics. Boundary Layers Irrotational motion. Velocity potential. Stream function. Plane potential flow. The complex potential. Superposition of elementary solutions. Flow over a cylinder. The Mach number. Flow regimes. Total thermofluiddynamic properties. Quasi-steady quasi-1D flow. Propagation speed of small pressure disturbs. Steady isentropic flow in ducts with slowly variable area. Steady and unsteady normal shock waves. Oblique shock waves. Expansion waves: the Prandtl-Meyer relation. Flow in converging nozzles and in converging-diverging nozzles. Introduction to fluid dynamic stability. Kelvin-Helmholtz, Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instability.
Learning activities and methodology
Theory sessions. Problem sessions working individually and in groups. Lab-sessions.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Basic Bibliography
  • Anderson, J. D. Modern compressible flow. McGraw-Hill. 1990
  • Shapiro, A. H. The Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Compressible Fluid Flow, Vol I and II. John Wiley & Sons. 1953
Additional Bibliography
  • Hodge B. K. & Koenig E K.. Compressible Fluid Dynamics: With Personal Computer Applications. Prentice Hall College Div. 1995

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