Fluid Dynamics

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fluid Dynamics

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to this course is subject to the agreement of the Head of the Discipline offering the course and will depend on the applicant's academic background in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Syllabus Outline Governing differential equations of flow – continuity, momentum and energy; Navier-Stokes equation. Simplified concepts, stream function and potential flows. Dimensional analysis and similarity; dimensionless groups; modelling and experimental fluid mechanics. Laminar, transitional and turbulent flows; Reynolds number regimes in internal and external flows; the time-averaged equations. The speed of sound, acoustics and compressible flow regimes. Internal compressible flows; steady adiabatic and isentropic flows; effects of area changes; normal shock-waves; converging and diverging nozzle flows. Viscous flow in ducts; frictional pressure losses; component losses; diffusers; flow metering. Viscous external flows; boundary layers; external forces on immersed bodies – drag and lift. Problem solving techniques and their application to a broad range of realistic engineering fluid dynamic problems. Laboratory sessions cover a range of fundamentals applications (see below for some typical examples). These involve every student in revising conceptual principles and each is required to handle, observe, measure, analyse and formally report on the practical exercises.

    Learning Outcomes
    Identify the fundamental models of fluid flow.
    Characterise whether internal or external flow is turbulent, transitional or laminar.
    Determine the pressure loss in a pipe/duct system. Perform pipe/duct sizing and compute flow.
    Calculate the fluid resistance on a body for a range of practical applications.
    Analyse isentropic and adiabatic one-dimensional compressible flow.
    Conduct, analyse and report on experiments to verify various aspects of fluid flow principles.

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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