Module Identifier PHM1010  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Geraint Vaughan  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Sian A Jones  
Pre-Requisite Successful Completion of Year 3 of the MPhys Scheme  
Course delivery Lecture   20 lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 seminars / tutorials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours End of semester examinations  50%
Semester Assessment Course Work: Two Assignments  20%
Semester Assessment Course Work: Essay  20%
Semester Assessment Presentation: (20 minutes long)  10%

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

Brief description

Fluid dynamics, the description of the motion of fluids, is an area of science that finds application across a wide range of scientific topics. The present module aims to provide a general introduction to the basic mathematical theory used in fluid dynamics as well as giving a more physical introduction to some common fluid flows of practical interest.

The module will commence with a general introduction to the general properties of fluids followed by a treatment of the basic governing conservation equations. Some examples of two-dimensional inviscid flows will be presented followed by the introduction of a discussion of the influence of viscosity. The effect of viscosity will be then included and the Navier Stokes equations derived. The origin and importance of some common flow instabilities will then be described together with an introduction to fluid turbulence. An introduction to compressible flows will also be given. All of the above will be supported by reference to examples of fluid flows in practice. These will include flows such as flows over aerofoils, magnetohydrodynamnics, atmospheric flows, pipe and jet flows and shock wave formation.


Introduction to basic fluid properties

Review of relevant thermodynamics

Conservation equations for mass, energy and momentum

Two-dimensional potential flow

Viscous flows

Instability and turbulence

Navier Stoked equations

Turbulent flows

Boundary Layers

(Non linear dynamics)

Flow over aerofoils

Transferable skills

Students will have some opportunities to observe the use of computational fluid dynamics to simulate some fluid flows.

Reading Lists

T.E. Faber Fluid Dynamics for Physicists Cambridge University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 7