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Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

 Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery



Fluid mechanics is at the core of aerospace propulsion and power generation, encom passing rocket engines, gas turbines, steam turbines, hydraulic turbines, wind turbines, land and marine power plants, compressors, fans, pumps, and others. In a typical graduate curriculum in the mechanical and aerospace engineering at most
universities around the world, intermediate fluid mechanics is generally a required core course for those students who are pursuing their degree programs in thermal fluids stream.

During a decade of teaching graduate courses on intermediate fluid mechanics and turbomachinery at the University of Central Florida (UCF), I realized that each class size was increasing each year. For example, in 2007, my EML 5713: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics class had only 15 students. The same class in 2016 had 65 students.


The immediate impact of class-size increase was the reduction in the number of homework problems I asked the students to do during the entire semester. I did this primarily to reduce my load of grading homework from all students. Students certainly benefitted from various examples worked in the class and those solved in the
textbook. 

During this period, I also realized that, while understanding fundamental concepts and various conservation laws in fluid mechanics was necessary, this alone did not ensure students’ success in solving practical problems, unless the problems required straight-forward applications of the well-known equations in fluid mechanics.



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