Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Hydrodynamics 1
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 19 Hours. (19 x 1 hour lectures)
Seminars / Tutorials 3 Hours. (3 x 1 hour example classes)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (written examination)  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   (written examination)  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:
1. explain the notions of local and convected rates of change;
2. derive the equations governing the flow of an ideal fluid;
3. apply and solve the governing equations in specific situations.

Brief description

This module introduces and develops the basic concepts of Classical Hydrodynamics and provides a framework for a modern appreciation of Fluid Mechanics.


To provide the basic framework for a modern appreciation of Fluid Dynamics. To introduce the basic concepts of Classical Hydrodynamics. To explain how mathematical modelling of fluid motion can help in the understanding of certain real world phenomena in applications such as meteorology and aerodynamics.


1. Basic concepts: Velocity, acceleration, pressure, density.
2. Review of vector calculus and coordinate systems.
3. Eulerian and Lagrangian reference systems.
4. Kinematics of fluid motion: Pathlines, streamlines, streaklines, vorticity, etc.
5. Basic equations governing fluid motion.
6. Applications of Bernoulli's equation.
7. Foundations of classical hydrodynamics: Kelvin's theorems; Irrotational flow.
8. Incompressibility: Potential flow.
9. Simple hydrodynamic structures in 3D: Sources, sinks, doublets etc.
10. Introduction to the concept of image systems.
11. Some classical problems.

Reading List

Recommended Text
A R Paterson (1983) A first course in fluid dynamics Cambridge Primo search D E Rutherford (1983) Fluid Dynamics Oliver and Boyd Primo search
Supplementary Text
A S Ramsey (1960) A Treatise on Hydromechanics Part II: Hydrodynamics Bell Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5