2020 Fluid Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Kinouchi Tsuyoshi  Takagi Hiroshi  Akita Daisuke  Nakamura Takashi  Inaba Kazuaki  Kondo Masatoshi  Itsukushima Rei  Andrews Eden Mariquit  Mehrdad Sadeghzadeh Nazari NAZARI MEHRDAD 
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Mon3-4(S221)  Thr3-4(S221)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on fluid motion, theories of which need to be extended from the mathematical expressions founded on solid-state physics. Through this series of lectures and exercises, students will learn the most fundamental and important mathematical or experimental expressions in the field of fluid dynamics, including equations of motion for fluids and their derivations, definitions of laminar and turbulent flows, and practical formulas for pipelines or open channels. The present course is comprised of 2 parts in order to effectively include all the essences in a single course of lectures. It begins with Part 1 (1st to 7th classes) and follows by Part 2 (9th to 15th classes) which cover theories of perfect fluids, theories for viscous fluid, and practical fluid problems and their solution using the formulas derived.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand:
1) Dynamics, force and energy of fluids and their expressions in physics
2) Distinctive properties of fluids such as compressivity and viscosity
3) Regimes in fluids, laminar and turbulent flows, and their theories and experimental expressions
4) Fluid motions in pipe or open channels and their theories and experimental expressions


perfect fluid, viscous fluid, laminar flow, turbulent flow, equation of continuity, Euler equations of motion, Navier-Stokes equations, Bernoulli's principle, pipe flow

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Towards the end of the course, students are given exercise problems to solve related to the lecture given each session. To prepare for classes, students should read the course schedule section and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to Fluid Engineering and Fluid Properties Understanding of fluid and fluid properties
Class 2 Pressure Variation and Manometers Familiarization with different instruments used to measure pressure and their working concepts
Class 3 Hydrostatic Forces on Plane Surfaces Understanding of hydrostatic equilibrium pressure distribution due to a fluid on a plane surface
Class 4 Hydrostatic Forces on Curved Surfaces Analyze and solve problems involving hydrostatic forces on curved plane surfaces
Class 5 Buoyancy and Stability Calculate the buoyant force acting on a submerged or floating body in a fluid Describe and classify the stability of a submerged or floating body in a fluid
Class 6 Fluid Kinematics and Flow Concepts Differentiate the Lagrangian and Eulerian approach in analyzing fluid flow. Classify and characterize the different types of flows
Class 7 Reynolds Transport Theorem and Continuity Equation Describe Reynolds Transport Theorem and gain understanding of continuity equation in flowing fluid.
Class 8 Midterm Exam Students’ level of understanding of the first half (classes 1 to 7) of the course will be evaluated
Class 9 Energy Equation and Bernoulli Equation Derivation and characterizing the terms of Energy equation and Bernoulli's equation
Class 10 Linear Momentum Equation and Angular Momentum Equation Derive and apply Linear Momentum and Angular Momentum equations
Class 11 Navier-Stokes Equation Formularizations of viscous flow
Class 12 Ideal Fluid Flow Solve and analyze problems involving ideal fluid flow
Class 13 Internal Viscous Effects, Laminar and Turbulent Flow Characteristics of boundary layer, concept of laminar and turbulent flow
Class 14 External Viscous Effects, Drag and Lift Relation between flow field around a body and force on the body
Class 15 Fluid Flow Measurements Fluid velocity and discharge measurement devices such as pitot tube, Venturi tube, etc.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


A mandatory textbook is not designated. A handout will be given at each class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

The following textbooks are recommended, though not necessarily limited:
D. Elger et al. “Engineering Fluid Mechanics”, Wiley ISBN: 978-1118-318751
R. Byron Bird et al. “Transport Phenomena“, Wiley, ISBN: 978-0470115398
Irving Herman Shames “Mechanics of Fluids“, McGraw-Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering, ISBN: 978-0072472103

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of mathematical or experimental expressions in fluid dynamics, and their ability to apply them to problems will be assessed. The results of midterm and final examinations will be considered for evaluating the level of understanding.

Related courses

  • TSE.M201 : Ordinary Differential Equations and Physical Phenomena
  • TSE.M203 : Theory of Linear System
  • TSE.A202 : Solid Mechanics and Structure Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have successfully completed "Ordinary Differential Equations and Physical Phenomena","Theory of Linear System","Solid Mechanics and Structure Engineering" or have equivalent knowledge.

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