Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.

Fluid Mechanics 2

Module aims

To continue the development of key aspects of engineering fluid mechanics.

Topics include dimensional analysis, the mass-conservation and momentum-balance principles applied to a fluid particle, the differential form of the governing equations (Navier-Stokes), incompressible flows, exact (Couette-Poiseuille flows) and approximate (boundary layers, Blasius solution, lubrication) solutions, turbulent channel/pipe flows and the time-averaged governing equations (RANS), compressible flows (speed of sound, Mach cone, isentropic-flow relations and converging-diverging nozzles).

ECTS units: 5

Learning outcomes

To understand the equations of motion and demonstrate the use of rigorous control volume analysis.

To understand and use appropriate simplifications of the equations of fluid motion.

To understand the physical processes of fluid motion and to apply the principles to simplified cases including boundary layers, external inertial flows and internal viscous flows.

Module syllabus

Dimensional analysis. Notion of a fluid particle (continuum model assumption). Kinematics of a fluid particle. The material derivative. The Navier-Stokes equations. Exact solutions (laminar Couette-Poiseuille flows). Approximate solutions (boundary layers, Blasius solution, lubrication). Introduction to turbulence (origin, time-averaged governing equations, eddy viscosity) with application to channel/pipe flows. Compressible flows: speed of sound, Mach cone, isentropic-flow relations, converging-diverging nozzles.

Pre-requisites

 ME1-hFMX

Teaching methods

Allocation of study hours  
  Hours
Lectures 20
Group teaching 10
Lab/ practical 0
Other scheduled 0
Independent study 95
Placement 0
Total hours 125
ECTS ratio 25

Assessments

Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Grading method Pass mark Must pass?
Examination 1.5 Hour exam 95% Numeric 40% Y
Examination Progress test 5% Numeric 40% N

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Peter Johnson