Catalogue 2018 - 2019

ME 316 Fluid Mechanics


3 cr.


ME 203, and ME 303 or permission of instructor.

Course Description

This introductory course is offered to both mechanical engineering majors and nonmajors and is designed to provide students with the background and tools required to develop a physical feel for the phenomenon of fluid motion, to develop practical methodologies for the solution of engineering flow problems encountered in modern technology, and to prepare students to enter professional practice. Students become familiar with pressure measurement; hydrostatic forces on submerged surfaces; developing and using the continuity, momentum, and energy equations; dimensional analysis and dynamic similitude; analysis of flow in closed conduits; calculating the drag force on various two- and three-dimensional bodies; and understanding boundary layer theory, model testing, and fluid measurement techniques. A team design project involving a typical fluid dynamics problem is required. The methods of assessing students include homework assignments, quizzes, examinations, projects, and a final exam.