Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Hydrodynamics ii
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Dr Andrew Hazel (Reader - University of Manchester)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written Exam  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Written Exam  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. determine complex potential functions of incompressible irrotational fluid flows;
2. calculate image systems of simple hydrodynamic structures;
3. use a conformal map to determine the flow around a body in a stream;
4. establish Blasius's equation and apply it to the flow past various shapes, including aerofoils.

Brief description

This module continues the development of fluid mechanics, begun in MA25610, and deals in particular with the theory of two-dimensional motion and aerofoil theory.


To continue with the development of fluid mechanics, in particular the theory of two-dimensional motion and aerofoil theory, and to relate it to many natural and everyday events, for example: why an aeroplane in flight is able to defy gravity.


1. Complex variable techniques in two-dimensional hydrodynamics: method of images.
2. Conformal transformations; Joukowski transformation; Schwarz-Christoffel transformation.
3. Blasius's theorems for the force and moment on a body in a stream.
4. Applications to aerofoil theory.


This module is at CQFW Level 6