Mechanics of Fluids

Universidad del Norte

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanics of Fluids

  • Host University

    Universidad del Norte

  • Location

    Barranquilla, Colombia

  • Area of Study

    Engineering Science and Math, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level


  • Prerequisites

    Ordinary Differential Equations

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    This course presents the basic relationships of fluid mechanics: properties of fluids, pressure distribution, force exerted by a fluid at rest (hydrostatic). Description of flows. Hydrodynamic basic equations: continuity, energy balance and momentum, specially applied to a volume of control; dimensional analysis, real fluid flow, losses, internal and external flow, drag and lift.

    Learning Outcomes
    At the end of the course the student must be able to:

    Understand the properties of fluids and apply them to solve hydrostatic and hydrodynamic problems (SO-a; SO-e).

    Apply the equations of continuity, momentum and energy of a flow using the control volume approach (SO-a; SO-e).

    Apply the dimensional analysis to solve general problems in fluid mechanics (SO-b; SO-e).

    Calculate head losses in ducts and the drag force on inmersed bodies (SO-a; SO-e).


    Fluids properties. Newton's viscosity law

    Hydrostatic. Pressure variation in a static fluid.

    Hydrostatic. Forces due to pressure. Buoyancy

    Fluids dynamics. Description of flows.

    Fluids dynamics. Cinematic relationships.

    Fluids dynamics. Continuity. Linear momentum equation. Energy equation.

    Real flow. Pipes's losses.

    Real flow. Drag forces

    Dimensional analysis.

    Ability for solve engineering problems related to mechanics of fluids. Build up criteria to develop and optimize flow systems and the related processes.


    Bibliographical References
    V.L. Streeter, "Mecánica de Fluidos", McGraw Hill, Novena Edición
    I. Shames, "Mechanics of Fluids", McGraw Hill, NY 3rd Edition


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