ME 219 – Fluid Mechanics

Course Code/Name: ME 219- Fluid Mechanics

Description: Fluid Mechanics will give you a very broad idea of fluid statics and dynamics  and equip you with a first-hand analysis to compute basic flow parameters. This course is primarily intended to strengthen the weak links, yet add onto the basics you would have grasped for your JEE.

 

Course Contents:

The course covers all the concepts that would be taught in an elementary course on Fluid Mechanics (Dynamics) in any institution across the globe. While most of the instructors for this course should stick to the outline in general, the contents may be slightly tweaked as per his (/her) interests and time constraints, with mutual consent of the students.


The general outline of this course is as follows:

– Introduction: fluid characteristics, continuum concept and properties of fluids
– Fluid statics and kinematics
– Flow analysis using the Control Volume approach
– Navier-Stokes equations and solutions to some special cases
– Boundary layer theory
– Dimensional analysis

Motivation:

Besides the regular TFE courses, basics of fluid mechanics are essential to understand several manufacturing processes and find application in design and flow simulations as well. Many structural engineers are required to run wind tunnel tests of scaled models of their structures before implementing them on full scale.

Some courses which have this course as an immediate prerequisite are:

  • ME 346- Heat Transfer

  • ME 406- Steam and Gas Turbines

  • ME 410- Microfluidics

  • ME 651- Fluid Dynamics

  • ME 678- Fundamentals of Gas Dynamics

 

Useful resources:
While it is a good practice to refer to textbooks or video lectures besides your class notes, it is also important to remember that these sources may not be flawless. Reference material should only be used as a tool to strengthen concepts and not as a substitute for your class notes.

Books:

  • Fox and McDonald, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 8th Edition (concise explanation of  concepts)
  • Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications by Cengel and Cimbala

 

Internet Resources:

 

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