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ME 401 Fluid Mechanics II

Catalog Description

ME 401 Fluid Mechanics II (3). Prerequisite: ME 311 and ENGR 205. A continuation of ME 311. Dimensional analysis and similitude, viscous flow and boundary -layer theory, potential flow theory, introduction to compressible flow, fluid meters and turbomachinery.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Conservation of mass and linear momentum
  2. Euler's equations
  3. Steady-state energy equation
  4. Vector calculus
  5. Incompressible viscous flow


F.M. White, Fluid Mechanics, 5th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2003.


Several textbooks in Fluid Mechanics.


M.K. Sharp, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students will complete their study of basic principles of fluid mechanics, and become familiar with various practical engineering applications through problem solving exercises. These applications include: flow in pipes and ducts, external flow over immersed objects such as airfoils, high-speed compressible flow in ducts, nozzles, and diffusers, and turbomachinery flow.

Topics Covered

  1. Review of basics (2 classes)
  2. Dimensional Analysis (4 classes)
  3. Boundary layer theory and experimental external flow (7 classes)
  4. Potential flow theory (8 classes)
  5. Compressible flow (12 classes)
  6. Turbomachinery (6 classes)
  7. Examinations (3 classes)

Computer Use

Use of software packages for evaluating compressible flow functions.

Laboratory Projects

None (fluid mechanics laboratory experiments are included in ME 415).

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 M.K. Sharp, June 2009

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