Advanced Fluid Mechanics

In the name of GOD

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Advanced Fluid Mechanics


Instructor: A. Sarreshtehdari

Office: Mechanical Eng. Dept., 2nd fl., Phone: 2638, E-mail:

Office Hours: Please check the time table on my office door.

Lecture Hours: Please check the time table on my office door.

Class place: Mechanical Eng. Building


Course Purpose:

This course surveys the principal concepts and methods of fluid dynamics. Topics include mass conservation, momentum, and energy equations for continua, the Navier-Stokes equation for viscous flows, similarity and dimensional analysis, lubrication theory, boundary layers and separation, circulation and vorticity theorems, potential flow, an introduction to turbulence, lift and drag, surface tension and surface tension driven flows. The class assumes students have had one prior undergraduate class in the area of fluid mechanics. Emphasis is placed on being able to formulate and solve typical problems of engineering importance.

Course Outline (tentative and not exactly sorted)

  • Continuum Viewpoint and the Equation of Motion
  • Static Fluids
  • Mass Conservation
  • Inviscid Flow (Differential Approach): Euler’s Equation, Bernoulli’s Integral, and the Effects of Streamline Curvature
  • Control Volume Theorems (Integral Approach): Linear Momentum Theorem, Angular Momentum Theorem, First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics
  • Navier-Stokes Equation and Viscous Flow
  • Similarity and Dimensional Analysis
  • Boundary Layers, Separation and the Effect on Drag and Lift
  • Vorticity and Circulation
  • Potential Flow, Lift, Drag, and Thrust
  • Surface Tension and its Effect on Flows
  • Introduction to Turbulence (if time)

Course project:

Each student has to do a project specific title agreed with the instructor in advance. Please talk me individually four weeks after beginning of the term in order to finalize it. The Project deadline is the last week of the current term. Take it Serious.

Marking Strategy:



Homework and Quiz (10)%
Midterm Exam and Term Project (60)%
Final Exam (30)%



  • Kundu, Pijush K., and Ira M. Cohen. Fluid Mechanics. 3rd ed. San Diego, CA: Elsevier, 2004.
  • Meinhard T. Schobeiri, Fluid Mechanics for Engineers, A Graduate Textbook. Berlin Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, 2010.
  • Schlichting, H. Boundary Layer Theory. 7th ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 1979.
  • Yamaguchi, Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Springer, 2008.
  • Clement Kleinstreuer, Modern Fluid Dynamics, Springer, 2010.
  • M. White, Viscous Fluid Flow, McGraw-Hill, 1991.
  • Finally, there is an excellent CD-ROM available with English, French and German language content: Homsey, G. M., et al. Multimedia Fluid Mechanics. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2004.