09458 - Fluid Dynamics

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course offers a quantitative description of the equations that govern fluid motion. At the end of the lectures the student is able to understand the basic phenomenology of fluid dynamics and use the learned models to solve problems relevant to Aerospace Engineering.

Course contents

Introduction to fluid properties. Pressure, viscosity, surface tension and capillarity. Non-Newtonian behaviour. Statics of fluids. Dimensional analisis. Introduction to tensorial analysis. Eulerian/Lagragian description. Reynolds transport theorem. Conservation of Mass. Conservation of Momentum. Conservation of Energy. Constitutive relations for Newtonian and non Newtonian fluids. Entropy balance. System of equations for fluid mechanics. Non dimensional parameters. Finite difference methods for convection-diffusion. Natural and forced convection. Low Reynolds number flows, Stokes flow. High Reynolds number flows. Euler equations. Irrotational flows: vorticity and circulation.  Introduction to potential flows and boundary layer.


Lecture notes given during the lectures and available online.

Fluid Mechanics, Yunus A. Cengel, John M. Cimbala

Fluid Mechanics, Pijush K. Kundu, Ira M. Cohen

Teaching methods

Contact lessons.

Assessment methods

The learning outcomes are verified through theoretical and practical courseworks and then with a final assessment, which consists of a written and an oral examination. 

Teaching tools

LCD projector, overhead projector and PC are used in addition to the standard blackboard.

Office hours

See the website of Elisabetta De Angelis