ENGRCEE 170 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (2016-2017)

ENGRCEE 170 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

(Required for EnE. Selected Elective for CE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 170 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (Credit Units: 4) Thermodynamic and mechanical fluid properties; fluid statics; control volume and differential approaches for mass, momentum, and energy; dimensional analysis and similarity. Corequisite: Mathematics 2E. Prerequisite: Physics 7C; CEE20. Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Only one course from ENGRCEE 170, ENGRMAE 130A, CBEMS 125A may be taken for credit. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0077422417.

Recommended Textbook:
Brett F. Sanders
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand thermodynamic and mechanical properties of fluids such as density, viscosity, surface tension, specific heat, and vapor pressure.

2. Be able to interpret manometer readings.

3. Be able to compute hydrostatic forces on structures, such as a dam or gate.

4. Be able to analyze the buoyancy and stability of submerged objects.

5. Be able to apply mass conservation principles to a flowing fluid system.

6. Be able to compute dynamic forces using momentum principles.

7. Be able to analyze frictionless flows using the Bernoulli equation.

8. Be able to sketch and interpret energy and hydraulic grade lines.

9. Be able to arrange dimensional variables into dimensionless groups in accordance with the Buckingham-Pi Theorem.

10. Understand the physical significance of the Reynolds Number, Froude Number, Mach Number, Weber Number, and Drag Coefficient.

Prerequisites by Topic

Calculus in 2 and 3 dimensions, Mechanics, Numerical Methods in Matlab.

Lecture Topics:
  • Thermodynamic Fluid Properties (Week 1)
  • Mechanical Fluid Properties (Week 2)
  • Pressure, Manometry and Hydrostatic Forces (Week 3)
  • Buoyancy and Stability, Acceleration, and Pressure Sensors (Week 4)
  • Reynolds Transport Theorem and Mass Conservation (Week 5)
  • Momentum Conservation and Bernoulli’s Equation (Week 6)
  • Design Project Introduction (Week 7)
  • Energy Equation, Energy and Hydraulic Grade Lines (Week 8)
  • Dimensional Analysis and Similarity (Week 9)
  • Navier-Stokes Equations, Stream Function, and Vorticity (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students must be proficient in engineering computations including numerical methods in Matlab. Laboratory Software Needs: Matlab

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes to Engineering Topics Courses of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors. Contributes to FE Exam Preparation: Textbook includes sample FE Exam problems, and these appear on quizzes.

Design Content Description

Students work in teams to design a cart that is propelled by a jet of water from a pressure thank. Students compete against other teams from class, and the objective is to: (a) cross the finish line in the shortest time and (b) build a computer model that accurately predicts the race time. Teams are responsible for constructing the cart, configuring the pressure and water level in the tank, configuring a nozzle for the jet, and building a computer model of the cart/jet system.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Participation: 5% (Includes Field Trip)
  • Homework: 10%
  • Design Project: 10%
  • Quizzes: 30%
  • Final Exam: 45%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
April 11, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr