Fluid Mechanics




Introduce the basic concepts of fluid mechanics including fluid properties, hydrostatics and fluids in motion.

Cover the applications of these concepts to allow students to calculate pressure distributions in static fluids, forces on immersed surfaces and pressure losses for steady incompressible flows in piping systems. The course also introduces the instrumentation used to measure pressure, flow velocity and flow rates. 

In order to impart problem-solving skills, a large number of applied problems is treated in class and as homework.




· Definitions : Fluid, fluid mechanics, continuum mechanics

· Fluid properties:  Density, Specific volume, Specific weight, Pressure, Temperature & Viscosity.

· Dimensions and units


Fluid Statics

· Pascal’s law for Pressure at a point

· General equation of the pressure variation in a static fluid

· fundamental equation of hydrostatics

· Pressure measurements: manometers (simple, U-tube, inclined), barometer, Bourdon manometer, Piezoelectric pressure sensors, Strain gauge Transducer.

· Hydrostatic Forces on immersed surfaces


Fluid Flow

· Introduction

· Motion description: The Lagrangian and Eulerian approaches

· Control volume

· Equations of motion

· Bernouilli’s equation and applications

· Modified Bernouilli’s equation

· Head losses: major and minor losses, flow categories