Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics-ENG BE 436

Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics

Dates: All year

By: Boston University

Location: Boston

Credits: 4

Fluid mechanics is a discipline that studies motion of gasses and liquids and forces that act on them. A sub discipline of fluid mechanics is biofluid mechanics which is the study of a certain class of biological problems from a fluid mechanics point of view. For example, it helps us to understand blood flow within the cardiovascular system, airflow within the airways of lungs, removal of waste products via the kidneys and urinary system and operation of artificial pumps and microfluidic devices. In this course, the focus will be on the theoretical developments and basic foundations of fluid mechanics using the mathematical framework of vectors and tensors. Topics include: conservation of mass, momentum, and energy in static and moving fluids; constitutive relations for Newtonian and non- Newtonian fluids; viscous flows, with application to microfluidics, flow in porous materials, lubrication, and other areas of biomedical interest; scaling analysis; inertial effects, including boundary layers and unsteady flows. The course will prepare students for advanced courses in fluid mechanics (boundary layer theory, turbulent flow, non-Newtonian fluids, aerodynamics), as well as emerging fields (computational fluid mechanics, microfluidics). 4 cr

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