Catalogue 2012 - 2013

ME 426 Gas Dynamics


3 cr.


ME 303, ME 316, and senior standing.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the analysis and design procedures currently used for solving engineering problems in compressible fluid flow. Students learn how to combine the concepts of dynamics, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics to generate useful analyses for the design of fluid machinery. Students use control volume theory and several derived compressible flow analyses to develop design procedures for wind tunnels, exhaust pipe tuning, aircraft inlets and nozzles, shock tubes, and gas turbines. Several case studies encompassing contemporary design problems from industry are used in the classroom to enhance the learning process. An individual design project using these methods is assigned. The method of assessing students includes classroom participation, homework assignments, examinations, and a final exam.