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ME 311 Fluid Mechanics I

Catalog Description

ME 311 Fluid Mechanics I (3). Prerequisite: ME 206 and ME 251. Characteristics of fluids, velocity fields, thermodynamic properties, viscosity. Pressure in a fluid and fluid statics. Conservation equations in integral form for a control volume and in differential form. Pipe flow.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Fluid properties
  2. Differential and integral calculus
  3. Vector analysis
  4. Statics, dynamics


B.R. Munson, D.F. Young, and T.H. Okiishi, Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, 5th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2006.


Y. Lian, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course provides students with a strong background in the fundamentals of incompressible fluid mechanics.

Topics Covered

  1. Basic concepts (3 classes)
  2. Fluid statics (8 classes)
  3. Integral relations for a control volume (10 classes)
  4. Differential relations and conservation laws (9 classes)
  5. Viscous flow in pipes and ducts (9 classes)
  6. Examinations (3 classes and comprehensive final)

Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering science: 3 credits.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by Y. Lian, June 2009

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