MATHEMATICAL FLUID MECHANICS - 2021/2
Module code: MAT3041
This module introduces the ideas of viscous fluid flows which build on the ideas some students would have seen in MAT2050. By the end of the module, students should be familiar with the Navier-Stokes equations, and should be able to solve these equations in under various simplified situations as well as in a variety of geometries.
TURNER Matthew (Physics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: H141
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 11
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Introduction. Definition of a fluid and examples of situations where fluids can be modeled.
Axisymmetric Inviscid Flows. Overview of MAT2050, General solution of Laplace’s equation in spherical geometry, Flow around a sphere, Flow associated with a singing bubble.
The Navier-Stokes Equations. Stress/Strain relation, Derivation of Navier-Stokes equations, Boundary conditions, Dynamical Similarity,
Vorticity dynamics. Derivation of vorticity equation, Physical interpretation, Burger's vortex.
Exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes Equations. 2D flow between plane parallel walls (steady/unsteady), Oscillating plate, Flow in rectangular channel, Pipe flow, Flow between rotating cylinders, The stirring problem, Unsteady line vortex.
Mathematical Boundary Layers. Asymptotic theory for algebraic equations, Matched asymptotic expansions.
Fluid Boundary layer Theory. Derivation of boundary layer equations, Blasius boundary layer, Falkner-Skan solutions.
Application of Boundary Layer Theory: Jets, Wakes
Very Viscous Flow. Lubrication theory, Viscous flow past a sphere.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Online Scheduled Summative Class Test||ONLINE TEST||20|
|Examination Online||ONLINE EXAM||80|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
Understanding of the methods required to solve complex fluid flow problems.
Subject knowledge through the recall of definitions as well as explaining why certain simplifications to the velocity field can be made and under what conditions certain approximations breakdown, also through a physical understanding of fluid problems.
Analytic ability through the solution of unseen and seen similar problems in the test and exam.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
One two hour examination (three of four best answers contribute to exam mark) at the end of the Semester; worth 80% module mark.
One in-semester test; worth 20% module mark.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students receive written feedback via three marked, but unassessed, coursework assignments over an 11 week period. In addition, verbal feedback is provided by lecturer in lectures and in office hours.
- Introduce students to viscous fluids in various simple geometries, and with various boundary conditions.
- Enable students to solve the Navier-Stokes equations in simple situations.
- Illustrate how fluid mechanics is connected to various problems in the real world, such as in engineering, and how the techniques learnt in this course can be applied to these problems.
|001||Solve inviscid fluid problems in spherical polar geometry such as finding the frequency of an oscillating bubble or calculating the Stokes streamfunction given an axisymmetric velocity potential||KCT|
|002||Discuss the role of viscosity in a fluid, and to be able to calculate the viscous stress on a solid surface given the stress tensor.||KC|
|003||Generate exact solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations in both Cartesian and cylindrical polar coordinates.||KC|
|004||Non-dimensionalize the Navier-Stokes equations with and without the effect of gravity and define the Reynolds number and Froude number. Also to demonstrate an understanding of the concept of dynamical similarity.||KCT|
|005||Calculate solutions to algebraic equations and simple ODEs which contain a small parameter or a boundary layer, and demonstrate an understanding of when these approximations breakdown.||KCT|
|006||Apply scale analysis to rescale the Navier-Stokes equations and obtain the boundary layer equations. Also to be able to use these equations to form solutions to problems involving jets and wakes.||KC|
|007||Apply scale analysis to derive the thin film equations from the Navier-Stokes equations and generate solutions of these equations.||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide:
A thorough account of exact solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations in a variety of geometries and under various simplifications.
Experience (through demonstration) of the methods and techniques used to solve problems in fluid mechanics.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Teaching will be by lectures and problem classes. Students will receive partial notes with the missing sections filled in during lectures. In addition to reading the lecture notes, students will learn by tackling a wide range of problems. Students are strongly encouraged to use the books listed as background reading on the subject.
Three hours per week (lectures and problem classes) over an 11 week period.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Physics BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics MMath||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics with Statistics MMath||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics with Statistics BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics and Physics MPhys||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics and Physics MMath||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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