Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Engineering Fluid Mechanics
28015083
Iowa State Course Substitution
Mechanics of Fluids
E M 378
Course Info
International Credits:
6.0
Converted Credits:
3.5
Semester:
spring
Country:
Spain
Language:
English
Course Description:
Engineering fluid mechanics
Department assigned to the subject: Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering
Type: Compulsory ECTS Credits : 6.0
Year : 2 Semester : 2
Coordinating teacher: ENRIQUEZ PAZ Y PUENTE, OSCAR RAUL
Academic Year: ( 2017 / 2018 ) Review date: 27042017
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE COMPLETED
Calculus I, II
Physics I, II
Linear Algebra
Writing and Communication Skills
Programming
Thermal Engineering
Machine Mechanics
COMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS.
The objective of this course is to provide the student a basic understanding of Fluid Mechanics: Mass
Conservation Law, Momentum Conservations Law and Energy Conservation Law.
Knowledge mastered in this course:
 Identify the fluid domain and understand the interaction with its surroundings.
 Apply properly the above mentioned conservation laws to obtain forces, moments, power and heat
exchange.
 Determine the dominant terms in the conservation equations
 Determine the adequate methodology to obtain the required variables in an engineering problem
(calculus, experiments, etc.)
 Present results in a rational manner, in terms of the relevant parameters.
 Comprehension of basic terminology to understand technical documentation and specific
literature.
Specific capacities:
 Obtention of pressure fields in fluid statics.
 Determination of forces and moments exerted by a fluid on a surface.
 Determination of power and heat exchange between a fluid and its surroundings.
 Determination of head losses in flow in ducts.
 Aplication of Dimensional Analysis principles to reduce the number of parameters in a generic
problem.
General capabilities:
 Analysis based on scientific principles.
 Multidisciplinar approach (use knowledge from several disciplines: Mechanics, Thermodynamics,
Calculus, etc.)
 Capacity to locate and understand basic literature on the subject.
Attitudes:
 Analytical attitude
 Critical attitude
 Cooperative attitude
DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS: PROGRAMME
This is an basic course in Fluid Mechanics. Its Programme contains 7 parts:
FIRST PART: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. The continuum hypothesis. Variables of interest.
SECOND PART: Hydrostatics: Application of Fluid Mechanics to a stagnant fluid. Pressure field in a stagnant fluid.
Force and Moment acting on a solid surface. Archimedes Principle. Applications: Barometer, Manometers, Hydraulic
presses ¿
THIRD PART: Basic concepts of fluid flow kinematics. Reynolds Transport theorem.
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FOURTH PART: Conservation equations for fluid volumes and control volumes. Mass, Momentum and Energy
conservation equations. Bernoulli equation; examples. Angular momentum equation. Applications to engineering
problems.
FIFTH PART: Dimensional Analysis. The Pi theorem. Application of Dimensional Analysis to Fluid Mechanics.
Relevant dimensionless numbers in Fluid Mechanics. Applications.
SIXTH PART: Flow in ducts. Flow regimes. Mechanical energy conservation applied to pipe flow with friction losses.
Friction factor. Moody's chart and Colebrook equation . Localized losses in pipe systems (bends, valves, expansions,
other fittings. ). Illustrative examples of flow in pipes.
SEVENTH PART: External Flows
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND METHODOLOGY
Teaching methodology will incluye:
1. Lectures: The students will be provided with lecture notes and recommended bibliography.
2. Problem solving sessions, related with the course topics
3. Homework problems aiming at student selfevaluation.
4. Development and interactive presentation of guided works, including four lab session as direct application of theory.
ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
The continuous evaluation will be based on:
 3 quizzes that will take place during the semester
 laboratory work: 4 laboratory sessions; reports are due one week after each session
All students must do the final exam. The final grade will be the sum of 40% continuous assessment and 60% of the
grade of the final exam.
In the extraordinary examination, the final grade will be either the sum of 40% continuous assessment and 60% of the
grade of the final extraordinary exam or 100% of the grade of the final extraordinary exam, whatever is higher.
% endoftermexamination: 60
% of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals…): 40
BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY
 Antonio Crespo Martínez Mecánica de Fluidos, Thomson.
 Frank M. White Fluid Mechanics, McGraw Hill.
 MARCOS VERA COELLO, CARLOS MARTÍNEZ BAZÁN, ANTONIO L. SÁNCHEZ PÉREZ, IMMACULADA
IGLESIAS ESTRADÉ Ingenieria Fluidomecanica, Paraninfo, 2012
ADDITIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
 A. L. Sánchez Apuntes de Procesos Fluidotérmicos, Publicaciones de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid., 2005
 Amable Liñán Martínez Apuntes de Mecánica de Fluidos, Publicaciones de la ETSI Aeronáuticos de Madrid, 2006
Review
 Evaluation Date:
 November 16, 2018
 Evaluated:
 Joseph Schaefer
 Comments:

The number of labs is claimed to be four, but the answers to my questions listed only 3 labs. Several topics of interest in Civil Engineering are not represented in the labs.