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Principles of Turbulence


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

  • Gain a basic physical and mathematical description of turbulence phenomena.
  • Understand theoretical background of methods of analysis used in turbulence study.
  • Understand the principles of numerical and experimental techniques for turbulence research.
  • Understand the development and application of turbulent models.


Methods of description and basic equations for turbulent flows. Isotropic and homogeneous turbulence, energy spectra and correlations. Introduction to measurements. Wall turbulence, engineering calculations of turbulent boundary layers. Free turbulent jets and wakes.

Topics Covered:

  1. Fundamental concepts
  2. Classical Turbulence (free shear flows, wall-bounded turbulent flows)
  3. Dynamics of Turbulence (the scales of turbulent motions, homogenous turbulence)
  4. Solution Techniques (RANS modes, DNS, LES, introduction of experimental approaches)


Graduate level fluid mechanics (ME509 or equivalent) and engineering mathematics

Applied / Theory:

40 / 60

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Homework will be assigned periodically and will be due two weeks from the date that it is assigned


In order to develop the ability to critically evaluate literature, every student is asked to do a course project. Details will be announced in class.


One midterm & one final exam


Tentative: Turbulent Flows, By S. Pope, Cambridge University Press. First Course in Turbulence, By H. Tennekes & J. Lumley, MIYT Press

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum computer requirements.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: