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ME51000 - Gas Dynamics

Spring 2014

Days/Time: MWF / 9:30-10:20 am
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.

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.

Senior or graduate level standing in an engineering or science discipline, and an undergraduate course in fluid dynamics.

Applied/Theory: 10/90

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

There will be weekly assignments and will be posted on Blackboard. Late homework not accepted.


Two one-hour midterm exams and one two-hour final exam.

Required--Zucrow and Hoffman, "Gas Dynamics, Volume 1," John Wiley and Sons, 1975, ISBN 0-471-98440-X. Disclaimer: Please visit the Listing of Textbooks by College or School for the most up-to-date textbook information.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements.

ProEd Minimum 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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