ME51000 - Gas Dynamics

Spring 2016

Days/Time: MWF / TBD
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 2015 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: 10/90

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Web Content:
Syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, and solutions.

Homework will be posted on Blackboard bi-weekly; it will not be collected for grading. The solutions will be posted a week after the problems are posted so that students can check their work and seek help if needed. It is recommended that students solve these problems to ensure their understanding.


Two exams; 30% of grade each and one final; 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.


Nicole Key
765 494-2333
Purdue University
Mechanical Engineering Building
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088
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