Feb 09, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 3103 - Fluid Mechanics I

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course begins framing the field of Fluid Mechanics within the larger area of continuum mechanics. Relevant fluid properties are defined, including stresses and strain rate descriptions. Applications of the Bernoulli equation and its restrictions, along with control volume analyses resulting in continuity, momentum and energy equations are the principal problem-solving methods used in this course. Fluid kinematics will be covered and help students transition from Fluids I to topics covered in Fluids II. (prereq: ME 2002  or ME 206 , MA 2323 , MA 235 , and PH 2031  or PH 2030)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Define a fluid’s properties and their relations to stress and strain rates
  • Apply the fluid-static equation to determine pressure at a point
  • Apply the Bernoulli equations to a variety of problems and define when it can and cannot be used
  • Apply the control volume forms of the mass, energy, and momentum equations to variety of problems
  • Determine the equation for a streamline and the acceleration of fluid for a given flow field

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Dynamics
  • Multivariable calculus
  • Differential equations
  • Thermal physics (at college sophomore level)

Course Topics
  • Fluid fundamentals: definitions and properties
  • Fluid statics
  • Elementary fluid dynamics
  • Control volume approach for mass, energy, and momentum
  • Fluid kinematics
  • Laminar vs. turbulent flow
  • Introduction to viscous pipe flow
  • Major and minor losses in pipe networks

Dr. Nathan Patterson

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