Engineering and design

Engineering Fluid Mechanics

Module code: H1029
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

On this module, you'll cover topics including:
  • fundamentals (historical perspectives, fluid properties, concept of pressure)
  • fluid statics (force on submerged surfaces, buoyancy)
  • concepts in fluid flow behaviour (motion of a fluid particle, mass continuity, laminar and turbulent flow, momentum equation, Navier Stokes equations for simple 2-D fluid flow, turbulence and the time averaged equations, steady flow energy equation and its application, applications of the momentum equation to the impingement of a jet on a surface, application to simple wind turbine theory)
  • boundary layer theory and applications (velocity profile, skin friction and form drag, dimensionless groups, pipe flow networks, frictional resistance of moving bodies, lift and drag on aerofoil sections)
  • potential flow (stream lines and the stream function for various simple flows and combinations, the Kutta Joukowski law)
  • compressible flow (Isentropic flow behaviour, total and static quantities, the speed of sound, normal shock wave theory, flow in a convergent-divergent nozzle, compressible flow in a uniform duct with friction, isothermal flow with friction, compressible flow with heat transfer)
  • flow measuring devices (bulk flow – Venturi meter, orifice plate, rotameter, vortex and turbine flowmeters, point measurement – pitot static tube, hot wire, LDA and PIV).


Engineering Maths 1A
Engineering Maths 1B
Engineering Thermodynamics

Module learning outcomes

  • Have a critical understanding of well established principles in fluid mechanics
  • Deploy well established techniques of analysis to engineering problems in fluid mechanics
  • Apply underlying concepts outside the context they were first studied
  • Understand the limits of knowledge in fluid mechanics and how this influences analysis