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4 Credits
Available Fall
ME 331 or ME 331H, or
NE 331 or NE 331H
James Liburdy
310 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Ideal fluid flow including potential flow theory. Introduction to compressible flow. Viscous flow and boundary layer theory. Introduction to turbulence.


  • Ideal potential flow
  • Flow kinematics
  • External flows (airfoils and wings)
  • Viscous flow relationships
  • Solution of several exact viscous flows
  • Boundary layer theory
  • Introduction to turbulence concepts and applications

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Apply the fundamental flow equations (conservation of mass and momentum) and basic solution techniques in solving incompressible inviscid flows and evaluating fluid/surface forces;
  2. Formulate, from the Navier-Strokes equations, analytical solutions of incompressible internal flow and accelerating flow
  3. Use boundary layer analysis to evaluate skin friction for both laminar and turbulent flows.