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MECH1001 Mechanics of Fluids

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Mechanics of Fluids
UCL Credits/ ECTS 0.5 / 7.5
Start September
Taught by Dr. Vanessa Diaz (100%) Module Coordinator


No previous experience of fluid mechanics is required.

Mathematics at A level to include ordinary differential equations linear and non linear, integration, differentiation. Additionally, further maths are required (double integration and partial differentiation, for example) but this is explained as part of the module and these techniques are applied in very specific cases.

Students considering registering for this course must have attained passes in A-levels or the equivalent that meet the minimum requirements for admission onto the undergraduate programmes in Mechanical Engineering.

Course Aims

This course has the goal to provide a fundamental understanding of fluid mechanics. Starting from the definition of a fluid, theory will be build up in order to describe, characterise, analyse and understand the behaviour of fluids (gases, liquids) in motion or static. Mechanics of fluids is a fundamental subject and one that finds many industrial and technological applications: from ship design to pipe modelling to meteorological events and tornadoes.

Method of Instruction

Lecture presentations, tutorial classes and (three) laboratory classes.


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Written Examination (3 hours, 75%)
  • 1 Intermediate Test (December) (12.5%)
  • 3 Laboratories (12.5%)

To pass this course, students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined

Recommended Reading

Fox R. W., McDonald A T., Pritchard P. J. “Introduction to Fluid Mechanics.” Wiley & Sons, 6th edition (2004). ISBN 0-471-20231-2.


General properties of fluids. Fluid statics, forces on immersed objects and surfaces. Manometry. Bernoulli's equation, applications to orifices, venturi meters, Pitot-static tubes. Effects of viscosity. Empirical loss coefficients. Steady flow energy equation. Momentum principle for a control volume, applications to nozzles, vanes, immersed bodies. Laminar and turbulent flow. Flows in pipes and around bodies. Reynolds number, concept of the boundary layer. Dimensional analysis Froude number.

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