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Cursus: 202000049
Fluid Mechanics 1
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Studiepunten (ECTS)2
VoertaalEngels P.C. Roos
Contactpersoon van de cursus P.C. Roos
Examinator P.C. Roos
OpmerkingPart of module 2 B-CE
AanmeldingsprocedureZelf aanmelden via OSIRIS Student
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After completing this course, the student should be able:
  • To understand* the fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics and to apply them in basic calculations involving viscosity, stresses, forces and flow field.
  • To understand* the hydrostatic pressure distribution and to calculate the forces and moments on submerged surfaces and objects, e.g., involving multi-layered fluids and buoyancy.
  • To understand* Bernoulli’s law for inviscid flow, and to quantitatively apply it in various examples, including sub-and supercritical free surface flows (characterized by Froude number).
  • To understand* the various energy losses occurring in (laminar and turbulent) flows, and to account for those in pipe flow calculations, e.g., including pumps and turbines.
*Here, the verb to understand implies comprehensive insight into the assumptions, derivation, results as well as limitations of the underlying concepts and theories.

This is a part of Module 2, Water Management of the Bachelor Civil Engineering. See here for the complete description of this module.

For topics, see the items listed above under ‘Learning goals’.
The course ‘Fluid Mechanics 1’ can be followed in two modes:
  • As part of Module 2 of the Bachelor Civil Engineering (CE). There are explicit links to ‘Measurements in Fluid Mechanics’, ‘Water’ and the ‘Blue Nile Project’ of this module.
  • As part of the Premaster programme Civil Engineering & Management (CEM).
Either way, the overall aim is to provide the student with an introduction into those aspects of fluid mechanics related to civil engineering. Emphasis is on knowledge and (modelling) skills regarding the flows of incompressible fluids. Examples are taken from civil engineering practise. A follow-up course, ‘Fluid Mechanics 2’, is part of CE Module 5. The study load is 2 EC.

External students who are interested in this elective: please contact Peter Jansen (

Participating study
Bachelor Civil Engineering
Module 2
Verplicht materiaal
Fox, R.W., A.T. McDonald, P.J. Pritchard & J.W. Mitchell, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, SI version, Wiley, 680 pp. (Also applicable: 8th ed.)
Aanbevolen materiaal
Course material
Presentations of the four oral lectures, supplemented with answer sheets
Course material
Answers to tutorial exercises, and to a selection of additional exercises
Course material
A practise exam with answers (.pdf).


Self study without assistance


Written examination – open questions

Overall exam on all topics covered in the course

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