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MAS3803 : Fluid Dynamics II

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Otti Croze
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To present advanced topics of fluid dynamics building on the introductory concepts developed at Stage 2.

Module Summary

To introduce the mathematical tools to model two-dimensional inviscid flows more advanced than seen at Stage 2 and to predict the motion of realistic viscous flows using the Navier-Stokes equation. To illustrate the variety of solutions of the Navier-Stokes equation in the physical world, paying attention to topics such as transitions of flow patterns, and including a selection of applications (such as turbulent flows, lift forces, flying, convection, weather, climate).

Outline Of Syllabus

Review of elementary fluid dynamics presented in Stage 2 (e.g. continuity equation, Euler equation, vorticity, stream function, complex potential for two-dimensional flows). More advanced complex complex potential methods to include singularities (sources, vortices), boundaries (method of images, microscopic and macroscopic description of viscosity, the Navier-Stokes equation, no-slip boundary conditions, analytic solutions of the Navier-Stokes equation (e.g. channel flows in Cartesian and cylindrical geometries, Couette flows, oscillating flows). Transitions to complex vortex flows (flows past cylinder, Taylor-Couette, and Reynolds problems). Dimensionless variables, Reynolds number, introduction to turbulence and energy cascade. Applications may include Milne-Thomson Theorem, Rayleigh-Benard thermal convection, drag, Magnus (lift) force, Hamiltonians, flows in rotating frames (Coriolis, centrifugal and Poincare forces), weather and climate.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Formal Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Completion of in course assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Problem Classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Revision Lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study581:0058:00Preparation time for lectures, background reading, coursework review
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PHY3041Fluid Dynamics II
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods are appropriate to allow students to develop a wide range of skills, from understanding basic concepts and facts to higher-order thinking.

Lectures are used for the delivery of theory and explanation of methods, illustrated with examples, and for giving general feedback on marked work. Problem Classes are used to help develop the students’ abilities at applying the theory to solving problems.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A80N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Advanced Fluid Dynamics1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M5Problem solving exercise assignment;
Prob solv exercises1M5Problem solving exercise assignment;
Prob solv exercises1M5Problem solving exercise assignment;
Prob solv exercises1M5Problem solving exercise assignment;
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A substantial formal unseen examination is appropriate for the assessment of the material in this module. The format of the examination will enable students to reliably demonstrate their own knowledge, understanding and application of learning outcomes. The assurance of academic integrity forms a necessary part of the programme accreditation.

Examination problems may require a synthesis of concepts and strategies from different sections, while they may have more than one ways for solution. The examination time allows the students to test different strategies, work out examples and gather evidence for deciding on an effective strategy, while carefully articulating their ideas and explicitly citing the theory they are using.

The coursework assignments allow the students to develop their problem solving techniques, to practise the methods learnt in the module, to assess their progress and to receive feedback; these assessments have a secondary formative purpose as well as their primary summative purpose.

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