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

The ME2 Fluid Mechanics 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), compressible flows (speed of sound, Mach cone, isentropic-flow relations and converging-diverging nozzles). incompressible flows with exact (Couette-Poiseuille flows) and approximate (boundary layers, Blasius solution, lubrication) solutions, and an introduction to turbulence.

ECTS units: 5

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Select appropriate dimensionless groups and solve scaling problems

2. Select an equation of motion, such as Euler, isentropic flow, Cauchy, Navier-Stokes, as appropriate to solve a problem

3. Simplify and/or approximate the equations of motion to aid solution

4. Apply appropriate boundary conditions and solve the equations 

5. Evaluate the forces exerted by a fluid on its boundaries

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.



Teaching methods

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


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 Andrea Giusti