# MA3D1 Content

**Content**: The lectures will provide a solid background in the mathematical description of fluid dynamics. They will cover the derivation of the conservation laws (mass, momentum, energy) that describe the dynamics of fluids and their application to a remarkable range of phenomena including water waves, sound propagation, atmospheric dynamics and aerodynamics. The focus will be on deriving approximate expressions using (usually) known mathematical techniques that yield analytic (as opposed to computational) solutions.

The module will cover the following topics:

**Mathematical modelling of fluid flow**: Specification of the flow by field variables, vorticity, stream function, strain tensor, stress tensor, Euler's equation, Navier-Stokes equation.

**One-dimensional flows**: steady flows (Pouiseuille, Couette...) and unsteady flows (Stokes problems).

**Dimensional analysis**: reducing the parameters and deducing parameter dependence.

**Hydrostatics & Bernoulli equation**: Archimedes principle, Bernoulli equation and applications.

**Potential flow**: conditions, elementary complex potentials, flow past immersed bodies, force on immersed bodies, flow around an airfoil.

**Boundary layers**: flow past a flat plate, Prandtl boundary layer, self-similar solutions.

The lectures will provide a solid background in the mathematical description of fluid dynamics. They will cover the derivation of the conservation laws (mass, momentum, energy) that describe the dynamics of fluids and their application to a remarkable range of phenomena including water waves, sound propagation, atmospheric dynamics and aerodynamics. The focus will be on deriving approximate expressions using (usually) known mathematical techniques that yield analytic (as opposed to computational) solutions.

**Aims**: An important aim of the module is to provide an appreciation of the complexities and beauty of fluid motion. This will be highlighted in class using videos of the phenomena under consideration (usually available on YouTube).

**Objectives**: It is expected that by the end of this module students will be able to:

- Be able to understand the derivation of the equations of fluid dynamics
- Master a range of mathematical techniques that enable the approximate solution to the aforementioned equations
- Be able to interpret the meanings of these solutions in 'real life' problems

**Strongly recommended texts:**D.J. Acheson,

*Elementary Fluid Dynamics*, OUP. (Excellent text with derivations, examples and solutions)

S. Nazarenko,

*Fluid Dynamics via Examples and Solutions*, Taylor and Francis. (Great source of questions and detailed solutions)

**Further reading:**

A.R. Paterson, *A First Course in Fluid Dynamics*, CUP. (Easier than Acheson)

L.D. Landau and E.M. Livshitz, *Fluid Mechanics*, OUP. (A classic for those with a deep interest in fluid dynamics in modern physics)

D.J. Tritton, *Physical Fluid Dynamics*, Oxford Science Publs. (The emphasis is on the physical phenomena and less on the mathematics)