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Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics (MSc) - MAT00063H

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Mitya Pushkin
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This module is for postgraduate students only.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Additional information

Students must have seen a course in Vector Calculus

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

To introduce students to fundamental notions of continuous mechanics and fluid dynamics

Module learning outcomes

  • Analyse characteristics of a particular flow

  • Formulate the governing equations and boundary conditions

  • Solve these equations analytically in simple cases

Module content

Syllabus

  • Brief review of elementary concepts of fluid mechanics: Continuous medium approximation and its applicability; the Lagrangian and Eulerian frameworks for a continuous medium. Inviscid flows. Pressure. The Euler equations.

  • The transport theorems. Conservation of mass and momentum.

  • Viscous flows and Newtonian fluids. The Navier-Stokes equations (statement).

  • Boundary conditions.

  • The Reynolds number (basic concept). Low and high Reynolds number flows. (Basic) notion of the boundary layer.

  • Hydrostatics

  • Elementary flows: uniform and shear flows, spherically symmetric and circular flows, point vortices, sources and sinks.

  • Motion of a body in an inviscid fluid. Flow past a sphere moving in an infinite fluid. Cavitation. The drag force and the d’Alembert’s paradox.

  • Kinetic energy of a potential inviscid flow of incompressible fluid. Forces on an accelerating body. The added mass.

  • Elementary viscous flows. Plane parallel shear flow. Poiseuille flow. The flow due to an impulsively moved plane boundary. Diffusion of vorticity. Circular viscous flows.

  • Drag force on a body in a fluid. The drag coefficient.

     

Academic and graduate skills

  • Academic skills: The skills taught are used in many areas of applied mathematics and mathematical physics and are essential for modern applications of fluid dynamics.

  • Graduate skills: students will develop their ability to assimilate, process and engage with new material quickly and efficiently. They will develop problem-solving skills and learn to analyse critically different approaches.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
24 hour open exam
Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics (MSc)
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

Pass/fail

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
24 hour open exam
Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics (MSc)
N/A 100

Module feedback

Current Department policy on feedback is available in the undergraduate student handbook. Coursework and examinations will be marked and returned in accordance with this policy.

Indicative reading

D J Acheson, Elementary Fluid Dynamics, Oxford University Press.

L M Milne-Thompson, Theoretical Hydrodynamics, Dover.

L D Landau and E M Lifshitz, Fluid Mechanics, Butterworth-Heinemann.

G K Batchelor, An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics, Cambridge University Press.



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