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 1

Module aims

The aims of the ME1 Fluid mechanics course is to establish a strong foundation and understanding of elementary fluid mechanics, on which subsequent courses will build on. Emphasis is on fundamentals. After extablishing the basics of the mathematical description of fluids, fluid statics and dynamics are covered, the latter employing control volume analysis. The knowledge is put to application, particularly in the last part of the course on internal flows.

ECTS units: 5

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Explain the concept of the continuum description of matter and the description of fluids in terms of fields, and related concepts such as streamlines and pathlines.

2. Describe in mathematical terms the main forces in fluids, such as pressure, viscous force and gravity.

3. Solve some  basic hydrostatic problems.

4.  Explain and use the equations of continuity, conservation of momentum and conservation of energy, and Reynolds' transport theorem and be able to employ them to derive the conservation laws for a control volume starting from those for a system.

5. Explain the physical meaning and assumptions of the Bernoulli equation and be able to solve some basic fluid flow problems.

6. Derive the differential equation for internal flow problems and be able to solve it to obtain the velocity profile.

7. Explain qualitatively the basic features of turbulent flow.


Module syllabus

Fundamental concepts

Fluid statics

Fluids in motion

Internal flows


Teaching methods

Students will be introduced to the main topics through lectures, supported by technology (PowerPoint, Panapto and Blackboard). Short activities (using interactive pedagogies) will occasionally be introduced in the classroom setting to reinforce learning, for example through mentimeter and the like. You will be provided with problem solving sheets and should complete these as part of your independent study. Tutorials sessions will provide small group interaction with teaching staff where you are expected to engage in discussion on specific problems. 


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

Reading list


Module leaders

Dr Stelios Rigopoulos