Fluid Dynamics (ME 307)

2023 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Serhat Ye┼čilyurt syesilyurt@sabanciuniv.edu,
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MATH102 NS101
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Recitation
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This course will cover basic and applied fluid mechanics. Specific topics include fluid properties, statics, kinematics, and dynamics: conservation of mass, momentum, and energy in integral and differential equation form; hydrodynamics; real fluids, laminar and turbulent flows; boundary layer model and approximate analysis; measurement methods in fluid flow.


In the field of mechatronics and mechanical engineering, the course aims to have students learn and understant the behavior of fluids and fluidic systems. Emphasis is on the modeling of these systems. A simple project is given for the modeling and design of a real fluidic system and its operation.


  • Comprehend physical aspects of fluid mechanics and mechanism of fluidic devices.
  • Define and determine fluid forces acting on objects and surfaces in static fluids.
  • Define flow problems with mathematical models that describe the flow such as the Bernoulli equation, stream functions, potential flow, and 2D steady Navier-Stokes equations in simple geometries.
  • Model and analyze flow problems using conservation equations and control volumes.
  • Relate fundamental figures of merits such as friction coefficient for pipes and ducts drag and lift coefficients for external flows over cylinders, spheres and other objects in laminar and turbulent regimes in solution to complex flow problems.
  • Apply the basic applied-mathematical tools that support fluid dynamics
  • Identify reasonable assumptions and provide simple solutions to complex engineering problems involving fluid motion.
  • Understand dimensions, dimensional homogeneity and dimensionless numbers and identify laminar, transitory and turbulent flows in pipe flows and external flows.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 1

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 1

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 2

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 3

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 1

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 5

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 5

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 3

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 2

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 1

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 2

1. Comprehend key concepts in biology and physiology, with emphasis on molecular genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology as well as advanced mathematics and statistics. 1

2. Develop conceptual background for interfacing of biology with engineering for a professional awareness of contemporary biological research questions and the experimental and theoretical methods used to address them. 2

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 1

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 2

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 2

1. Familiarity with concepts in statistics and optimization, knowledge in basic differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, complex variables, multi-variable calculus, as well as physics and computer science, and ability to use this knowledge in modeling, design and analysis of complex dynamical systems containing hardware and software components. 5

2. Ability to work in design, implementation and integration of engineering applications, such as electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, control and computer systems that contain software and hardware components, including sensors, actuators and controllers. 2


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 50
Participation 10
Homework 10



Munson, Okiishi, Young, Wiley, Fundamentals of Fluid Mechancs
White, McGraw-Hill, Fluid Mechanics