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In this course the fundamentals of fluid mechanics are developed in the context of naval architecture and ocean science and engineering.

The various topics covered are: Transport theorem and conservation principles, Navier-Stokes’ equation, dimensional analysis, ideal and potential flows, vorticity and Kelvin’s theorem, hydrodynamic forces in potential flow, D’Alembert’s paradox, added-mass, slender-body theory, viscous-fluid flow, laminar and turbulent boundary layers, model testing, scaling laws, application of potential theory to surface waves, energy transport, wave/body forces, linearized theory of lifting surfaces, and experimental project in the towing tank or propeller tunnel.

This subject was originally offered in Course 13 (Department of Ocean Engineering) as 13.021. In 2005, ocean engineering became part of Course 2 (Department of Mechanical Engineering), and this subject was renumbered 2.20.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction Unlimited
    • Description of a Flow Unlimited
    • Stress Tensor Unlimited
    • Newtonian Fluids Unlimited
    • Dimensional Analysis Unlimited
    • Similarity Parameters Unlimited
    • Governing Equations and Boundary Conditions Unlimited
    • Properties of Vortex Structures Unlimited
    • Vorticity Equation Unlimited
    • Governing Equations and Boundary Conditions for P-Flow Unlimited
    • Method of Images Unlimited
    • Lifting Surfaces Unlimited
    • Unsteady Motion – Added Mass Unlimited
    • Properties of Added-Mass Coefficients Unlimited
    • Form Drag Unlimited
    • Drag on a Very Streamlined Body Unlimited
    • Laminar Boundary Layers Unlimited
    • Turbulent Flow – Reynolds Stress Unlimited
    • Turbulent Boundary Layers: Roughness Effects Unlimited
    • Exact (Nonlinear) Governing Equations for Surface Gravity Waves Unlimited
    • Superposition of Linear Plane Progressive Waves Unlimited
    • Wave Forces on a Body Unlimited

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