Fluid Mechanics I



Dr. J.G. PharoahRoom 214, McLaughlin 533-6579

Course Description

An introductory course in fluid mechanics. Topics include properties of fluids, fluids at rest, manometers and other pressure measuring devices, dimensional analysis, the laws of conservation of mass and momentum, Bernoulli's equation for incompressible flow and the energy equation, flow measurements, elementary pipe flow problems including losses, pumps, etc. (0/24/0/18/0)


Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

1. Explain Bernoulli based energy equations with reference to energy and hydraulic grade lines, static and dynamic pressure.
2. Explain control volume and control mass analysis with reference to Eulerian and Lagrangian frames, applied forces and flows.
3. Solve simple flow systems for velocity distributions using continuity and Navier Stokes equations with appropriate boundary conditions.
4. Solve flow and force problems in an integral framework using Bernoulli, conservation of mass and momentum.
5. Solve piping system performance problems using Bernoulli with friction, minor losses, pump and turbine performance curves.
6. Calculate pressures and forces on submerged surfaces in a static fluid.
7. Solve scaling problems using dimensionless groups.

This course develops the following attributes:  

• Knowledge base for engineering: specifically knowledge of fluid mechanics  
• Problem Analysis: will be developed in solving well defined problems  
• Design: real-­world applications and design decision making will be explored in problems  

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities

3 lecture hours + 1 tutorial hour per week.  Please refer to SOLUS for times and locations.


Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (8th ed.) - Bruce R. Munson