Viscous Flow

Course #ME4220

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


Development of continuity and Navier-Stokes equations. Exact solutions of steady and unsteady viscous flow problems. Development of the boundary-layer equations. Similarity variables, numerical and integral techniques. Separation, boundary-layer control. Time-dependent boundary layers. Origin and nature of turbulence, phenomenological theories, calculation of turbulent flows with emphasis on naval engineering applications, and numerical models and CFD.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 123
  • 571
  • 572


  • ME3201

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Evaluate a variety of research as well as specific fluid flow problems in terms of the Navier-Stokes equations, apply appropriate boundary conditions and wherever possible, solve the resulting differential equations.
  • Understand boundary layer theory and use the knowledge to solve problems such as separation prediction.
  • Study fluid flow problems in terms of vorticity transport.
  • Apply boundary layer stability theory to predict transition onset and external flows.
  • Analyze turbulent (internal and external) flows using various velocity profile choices.
  • Appreciate the need for CFD solutions and the key differences between the various turbulence models and their use.
  • Devise potential flow separation control concepts.
  • Satisfy prerequisite requirements for courses ME4162.


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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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