Fluid Dynamics

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Japanese artist Hokusai. The print depicts an enormous ocean wave.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Japanese artist Hokusai depicts a fluid mechanical phenomenon: a surface wave. Surface waves on the ocean usually result from wind blowing over the fluid surface. (Image in the public domain.)


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Spring 2013



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This class provides students with an introduction to principal concepts and methods of fluid mechanics. Topics covered in the course include pressure, hydrostatics, and buoyancy; open systems and control volume analysis; mass conservation and momentum conservation for moving fluids; viscous fluid flows, flow through pipes; dimensional analysis; boundary layers, and lift and drag on objects. Students will work to formulate the models necessary to study, analyze, and design fluid systems through the application of these concepts, and to develop the problem-solving skills essential to good engineering practice of fluid mechanics in practical applications.

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Kripa Varanasi. 2.06 Fluid Dynamics, Spring 2013. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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