Mechanics of Fluids I

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanics of Fluids I

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Materials Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    This is a foundation course in fluid mechanics for engineers of all disciplines. The module will take place
    during semester 1 and will consist of 36 lectures (3/wk), 2 laboratory exercises, 1 class test and 1 end of
    semester examination.Syllabus:FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS: Gases, liquids and solids; Continuum hypothesis;
    Lagrangian and Eulerian descriptions; Fluid propertiesCONTROL VOLUME ANALYSIS: System and control volumes;
    Reynolds transport theorem; Conservation laws of mass, linear momentum, angular momentum and energy; Flow
    through conduits, nozzles, diffusers, conduit bends; Propulsion; Jets impinging on stationary and moving vanes
    FLOW OF AN INVISCID FLUID: Streamlines; Bernoulli's equation; Static, dynamic and total pressure; Pitot
    tubeSIMILARITY AND DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS: Repeating variable method; Buckingham's PI theorem; Similitude;
    Basis of model developmentINTERNAL FLOW: Reynolds pipe flow experiment; Laminar, transitional and turbulent
    flow; Newton's law of viscosity; Poiseuille flow; Friction factor; Moody diagram; Non-circular conduits;
    Minor lossesFLUID MACHINERY: System and pump characteristics; Centrifugal pumps, single, series and parallel;
    Duty and operation point; Pelton wheel water turbine

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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