Fluid mechanics is introduced through vector calculus and tensors approaches to the Navier-Stokes equations. These equations are applied to real-world examples (for example from Antarctica), instabilities and turbulence.
|Paper title||Fluids, Instability and Turbulence|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$704.22|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- Limited to
- BSc(Hons), PGDipSci, MSc
Non-physics majors should consult the course coordinator before enrolling in this paper.
- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Dr Inga Smith
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
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- Learning Outcomes
- After completing this paper students are expected to:
- Know the difference between Lagrangian and Eulerian frames of reference in the description of the movement of fluids
- Understand the conservation of mass, momentum and energy in fluid flow, leading to the derivation of the Navier-Stokes equations
- Be able to approximate and manipulate the Navier-Stokes equations into forms suitable for particular situations
- Understand some fundamental theorems of fluids (e.g. Kelvin's circulation theorem)
- Understand the implications of space and time for the equations governing boundary layer flow
- Apply the equations governing basic wave motion in fluids
- Derive equations for the growth/decay of linear perturbations in a simple flow
- Be able to outline how small perturbations evolve to fully developed turbulence
- Understand the arguments introduced in a basic quantification of turbulence