Engineering Professional Education

Gas Dynamics


Spring 2018

Days/Time: MWF / 12:30-1:20 pm
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
This course is designed to introduce seniors and beginning graduate students to the fundamentals of compressible fluid flow, with an emphasis on a wide variety of steady, one-dimensional flow problems and a general understanding of the principles of multi-dimensional flow.

One-dimensional compressible flows including basic concepts; isentropic flow; normal and oblique shock waves; flows with heat transfer (Rayleigh line), friction (Fanno line), and mass addition; simple waves; small perturbation theory for linearized, steady flows; method of characteristics for two-dimensional, steady flow and one-dimensional, unsteady flow.Spring 2017 Syllabus

Topics Covered:
Flow of compressible fluids; One-dimensional flows including basic concepts, isentropic flow, normal and oblique shock waves, Rayleigh line, Fanno line, and simple waves; Multidimensional flows including general concepts, small perturbation theory for linearized flows, and method of characteristics for nonlinear flows.

A first course in fluid mechanics or aerodynamics is required. Additionally, students must have taken a course in thermodynamics, dynamics, calculus, ordinary differential equations, and partial differential equations.

Applied/Theory: 35/65

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Syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, and solutions.

Typically 3-4 homework problems will be assigned each week and posted on Blackboard. Homework will be collected Friday in class and solutions will be posted to Blackboard Friday evening. Homework is not accepted after the solutions have been posted on Blackboard. Homework is 10% of the grade.


Two exams (Higher score: 30%; Lower score: 20%); Final exam 40% of grade.

Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Tentative: REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: ISBN: 9780471984405 -- "Gas Dynamics, Volume 1", Wiley. ISBN 0-471-98440-X.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements.

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Other Requirements:
Registered students will not access lecture files from the ProEd website. Lecture material will be made available through the ME510 class website. On-campus sessions recorded using tablet PC and posted within one hour after live lecture (the audio and anything appearing on the computer screen gets recorded). The videos will be streamed in the Adobe Flash format.


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Aaron B Morris



Purdue University
School of Mechanical Engineering
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088