Mar 20, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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GE 3102 - Fluid Mechanics

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This is a course that examines the basic characteristics of fluids. Fundamental fluid properties (density, viscosity) are examined. Fluid statics focuses on the concept of fluid pressure and its variation. Fluid dynamics establishes the fluid flow energy equation and examines the concept of losses. Applications to turbomachinery are presented. Laboratory experiments support the concepts introduced in the lecture. (prereq: MA 128 or MA 136 , PH 113 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Apply the fluid-static equation to determine pressure at a point.
  • Apply the steady-flow forms of the mass and energy balances to a variety of fluid flow problems.
  • Determine pipe friction and minor losses and include these in the energy analysis.
  • Evaluate the performance of pumps and fans, using pump-fan curves and flow analysis.
  • Utilize instrumentation for measurement of fluid and flow properties, with an understanding of the accuracy and precision of the measuring systems.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Newton’s Second Law
  • Trigonometric relations

Course Topics
  • Definitions and properties
  • Statics and pressure gauges, buoyancy
  • Fluid flow: mass and energy balances
  • Bernoulli energy, losses, shaft work
  • Reynolds number, predictions of friction and minor losses
  • External flow, drag
  • Turbomachinery
  • Exams

Laboratory Topics
  • Pressure gauge calibration
  • Measurement of viscosity
  • Measure of air flow in a duct
  • Obstruction flow meter calibration
  • Determination of friction factor and minor losses
  • Analysis of a pump system/analysis of a fan system
  • Reynolds’ experiment

Dr. Michael Swedish

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