014214 Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics

Course Objectives

Introduction to fluid mechanics, required for all students of Mechanical Engineering. This course is a prerequisite for specialized electives. The students are introduced to the basic concepts of fluid mechanics and to their applications in engineering. The students develop the ability to formulate problems, identify the basic mechanisms, make the necessary approximations, and solve the problem by mathematical analysis or by application of experimental data.

Weekly Lecture Topics

Week Content Chapter
1 Introduction: Continuum, Fluid, Stress, Fluid Properties 1,2
2 Hydrostatics 3
3 Integral Formulation of Fluid Flow. Control Volume. Continuity Equation. 4
4 Momentum Equation in Integral Form. 5
5 Differential Formulation of Fluid Flow. Flow Kinematics. Continuity Equation. 5
6 Acceleration. Stress – Rate of Strain Relation. Newtonian Fluid. 5
7 Differential Momentum Equation. Navier-Stokes Equations. Boundary Conditions. 8A
8 Exact Solutions: Couette, Poiseuille, and Rayleigh Flows 6, 8C
9 Bernoulli Equation. Energy Equation. Flow Measurement. 7
10 Dimensionless Representation. Dimensionless Parameters. Similarity. Coefficients of Friction and Drag. 8B
11 Flow in Pipes. Laminar and Turbulent Flow. Friction Losses. Pipe Systems. 6
12 Potential Flow. Basic Solutions. 6
13 External Flow at High Reynolds Number. Boundary Layer Concept. 9
14 Boundary Layer: Exact Solution for Flat Plate, Momentum Integral Method.



  • 034035 – Thermodynamics 1
  • 104131 – Ordinary Differential Equations

And one of the following:

  • 104218 – Partial Differential Equations
  • 104213 – Differential Equations for Mechanical Engineering

Reading Requirement:

  • Fox, R. W. and McDonald, A. T., “Introduction to Fluid Mechanics”, 5th ed., Wiley, 1998.

Contact Hours

Lecture: 2 hours

Recitation: 2 hours

Credit: 3.0