Fluid Mechanics (ENVE 280)





Calendar Description:    An introduction to fluid mechanics. Fluid properties. Review of fluid statics. Buoyancy. Bernoulli equation. The momentum equation and applications. Laminar and turbulent flow. Dimensionless numbers. Closed conduit flow including friction losses. Pipe network analysis including energy losses and efficiencies. Four lab sessions.  Prerequisite for ENVE 375 Water Quality Engineering, and CIVE 382 Hydrology and Open Channel Flow


Learning objectives:  When the course is completed, the students are able to:

  1. Describe fluids and fluid behavior based on their properties and system variables;
  2. Analyze static systems to calculate forces and moments on submerged surfaces;
  3. Model simple dynamic fluid systems using the principles of conservation of mass, energy, and momentum;
  4. Evaluate the divergence of real systems from simple models based on a critical evaluation of energy loss, model assumptions and uncertainty;
  5. Communicate laboratory findings effectively; and
  6. Design common components of water resource engineering systems including reservoirs, pipe networks, gates and pumps.


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