Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics Syllabus  
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08.01.19
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1.  Ideal gas law, collision and attractive forces in fluids. Surface tension, pressure in droplets, capillary rise.
2.  Moments and forces in fluids at rest. Conservation of mass in integral form.
3.  Conservation of mass in differential form. Stresses in a fluid. Momentum equation in differential form.
4.  Momentum equation in integral form. Accelerating control volume.
5.  Derivation of stagnation pressure and importance in fluid dynamics. Pelton turbine.
6.  Effect of gravity on stagnation pressure. Energy in a fluid: why another equation is needed. Derivation of 1st law of thermo.
7.  Conservation of energy in a fluid: differential and integral form.
8.  Isentropic flow. Speed of sound in a gas. Stagnation pressure in a compressible fluid. Properties conserved along particle paths and streamlines.
9.  Compressible flow in duct. Review problems for the midterm exam. Midterm exam.
10.  Dimensional analysis principles. Use of dimensional analysis to analyze capillary rise, prototypes in wind tunnels, drag force on sphere.
11.  Further Dimensional analysis examples. Rotational flow and vorticity. Irrotational vs rotational vortices. Velocity potential and stream function for irrotational incompressible flow.
12.  Fundamental solutions to the potential equation: uniform flow, source and sink. Example of potential flow downstream of body.
13.  Fundamental solutions to the potential equation: doublet. Example of potential flow around a cylinder. Circulation. Fundamental solutions to the potential equation: potential vortex. Example of potential flow around a spinning cylinder: lift and drag calculations. Kutta-Joukowski lift theorem.
14.  Potential equation for irrotational compressible flow. Linearized theory for supersonic flow.
15.  Pressure coefficient in irrotational supersonic flows. Lift and drag of arbitrary shapes in supersonic flows using potential theory.
16.  Review problems (if time permits) and final exam.
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