ME 420 COURSE PROFILE
DEGREE PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering

COURSE NUMBER: ME 420 COURSE TITLE: Fluid Mechanics II
REQUIRED COURSE OR ELECTIVE COURSE: Elective TERMS OFFERED: Winter
TEXTBOOK / REQUIRED MATERIAL: PRE / CO-REQUISITES: MECHENG 320. II (3 credits)
COGNIZANT FACULTY: R. Akhavan
COURSE TOPICS:
  1. Internal compressible flow
  2. Pumps and compressors
  3. Fluid power systems
  4. Turbulence
  5. Computational fluid dynamics
BULLETIN DESCRIPTION: Use of commercial CFD packages for solving realistic fluid mechanics and heat transfer problems of practical interest. Introduction to mesh generation, numerical discrimination, stability, convergence, and accuracy of numerical methods. Applications to separated, turbulent, and two-phase flows, flow control, and flows involving heat transfer. Open-ended design project.
COURSE STRUCTURE/SCHEDULE: Lecture: 2 days per week at 1.5 hours

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
for each course objective, links to the Program Outcomes are identified in brackets.

  1. To review and confirm the conservation laws for fluid dynamics [1, 3, 5]
  2. To teach one-dimensional steady and unsteady internal compressible flow [1, 2, 3, 5]
  3. To teach the operation and design principles for pumps, compressors, and other turbo machinery [1, 2, 3, 5, 9]
  4. To present the performance metrics, selection criteria, and design principles for fluid power components and systems [1, 3, 5, 9]
  5. To introduce and describe the phenomenology of turbulence [1, 9]
  6. To present the basics of turbulence modeling [1, 2, 3, 5, 9]
  7. To provide exposure to modern computational techniques in fluid dynamics [1, 2, 3, 5, 11]
  8. To present a variety of applications of fluid dynamics of mechanical engineering interest [1, 3, 5, 9, 10]
COURSE OUTCOMES:
for each course outcome, links to the Course Objectives are identified in brackets.
  1. Compute shock wave speeds and strengths based on specified initial or boundary conditions [1, 2]
  2. Determination gas temperatures and flow speeds in steady quasi one-dimensional internal compressible flows for specified boundary conditions [1, 2]
  3. Given the required flow rate and pressure rise, select the proper pump or compressor to optimize the pumping efficiency [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  4. Given a sub-optimal pumping system design, suggest alternative designs [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  5. Select fluid power components for specific tasks as well as design simple fluid power circuits [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  6. Know the main differences between laminar and turbulent flows [5, 6]
  7. Know the main strengths and limitations of the modern computational tools of fluid dynamics [5, 6, 7]
  8. Analyze a variety of practical fluid-flow devices and utilize fluid mechanics principles in design [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]
ASSESSMENT TOOLS:
for each assessment tool, links to the course outcomes are identified
  1. Regular homework problems
  2. Exam(s) and/or project(s)

PREPARED BY: R. Akhavan
LAST UPDATED: 06/08/2011