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Course module: 202000705
Fluid Physics
Course info
Course module202000705
Credits (ECTS)7
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. R.M. van der Meer
prof.dr. R.M. van der Meer
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. R.M. van der Meer
M. Rump
prof.dr. M. Versluis
Academic year2020
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After passing this module the student;
  • has obtained knowledge of basic fluid physics concepts, such as viscosity, surface tension, vapor pressure, hydrostatics, pressure gauges, Bernoulli's law, kinematics and Reynolds transport theorem, control volumes and conservation laws, Navier-Stokes equations and potential flow, sources, vortices and sinks, dimensional analysis, pipe flow, flow over immersed bodies, boundary layers, open-channel flow and waves,
  • is able to apply above mentioned knowledge to solve simple fluid physics problems,
  • is able to use dimensional analysis in connection to above knowledge to acquire insight into the behavior of more complex fluid dynamical systems and to reduce those to simpler and solvable problems,
  • is able to address and answer a simple experimental by means of conducting a prescribed experiment,
  • to address and investigate an open experimental setting by performing self-conceived or self-chosen experiments and to draw meaningful conclusions on the basis of those experiments about the behavior of the fluid dynamical system that was explored.
In fluid physics, the statics and (especially!) dynamics of flowing matter such as gases and liquids are described by means of the density field, flow field, and temperature field. As such, the physics of fluids are described as a classical field theory which, just like electrodynamics, is a prime example of a continuum dynamics theory. The course consists of a theoretical part, in which the basic concepts of fluid physics theory are covered and in which you learn to solve simple problems involving fluids. For more  complex situations you will learn powerful tools to obtain physical insight with which they can be reduced to more manageable, solvable ones. Theory is supplemented by an experimental part, in which you first learn to perform some basic fluid physics experiments and afterwards explore a more self-definable small research project in a team. The theoretical and experimental parts are absolved separately from each other, as detailed in the assessment plan.

Assessment Plan
he assessment plan for this course will be published no later than 2 weeks before the starting block of the course on

Participation for non-TN students
This course is only accessible to non-TN students after permission from Technische Natuurkunde Programme. See
Assumed previous knowledge
Students are expected to have experimental skills such as keeping logbooks and performing error analysis on experimental data. Furthermore students should be familiar with basic linear algebra and (vector) calculus such as solving ODE's.
Module 8
Participating study
Bachelor Applied Physics
Required materials
Bruce R. Munson, Alric P. Rothmayer, Theodore H. Okiishi, Wade W. Huebsch, Fluid Mechanics (SI Version), 7th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York 2013. ISBN13: 9781118318676
Recommended materials
Alternative edition to the above book; Philip M. Gerhart, Andrew L. Gerhart, John I. Hochstein, Munson's Fluid Mechanics (Global edition), 8th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York 2017. ISBN13: 9781119248989
Instructional modes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes



Fluid Physics

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