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MAE 3230 Introductory Fluid Mechanics

Course description

Topics include physical properties of fluids, hydrostatics, conservation laws using control volume analysis and using differential analysis, Bernoulli’s equation, potential flows, simple viscous flows (solved with Navier-Stokes equations), dimensional analysis, pipe flows, boundary layers. Introduction to compressible flow. Outcome 1: Students will be able to use the fundamental principles and mathematical basis underlying the conservation equations. Outcome 2: Be able to identify the guiding principles in a given fluid problem, to formulate the governing equations, and so to solve basic engineering problems. Outcome 3: Recognize the difference between an ideal fluid and a viscous fluid, and to understand the limitations of the solutions for real practical fluid flows. Understand the difference between a simple solution and a real practical problem. Outcome 4: Understand where their analysis might involve approximations and empirical approaches; for example, pipe flows and boundary layer flows. Outcome 5: Have improved their ability to formulate an ordered approach to problem solving, using words of explanation in derivations, and algebra before substituting numerical values that allows neat analytical solutions and dimensional analysis.

Seek permission of instructor if student is not a Cornell Engineering student.


ENGRD 2020 and MAE 2030, and pre/co-registration in ENGRD 2210, or permission of instructor.


Pre/co-registration in ENGRD 2210


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