Introduction to Fluid Dynamics, Spring 2011


  • This is a 3 credit course that is offered to students of the 5th and 7th semesters at IISER Pune. It is taught by Dr Prasad Subramanian.

    This course will be useful for students wishing to gain an overview of the vast field of fluid dynamics. It will serve as a springboard for those who would like to go on to work in areas connected to fluid dynamics, such as astrophysics, aerodynamics, biofluid dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, etc.

    The course will be organized into the following modules:

    1)Basic conservation equations of fluid dynamics, compressible and incompressible flows, dimensionless numbers in fluid dynamics

    2)Applications: Astrophysics, Aerodynamics, Geophysics

    3)Fluid instabilities and turbulence

    Grading: End-sem examination 30 %, Mid-sem examination 30 %, Quiz 20 %, Presentations 20 %

    The following is the list of books/resource materials that will be used:

    Prandtl's Essentials of Fluid Mechanics, ed Herbert Oertel, 2nd edition, Springer

    Prof Jean Eilek's lecture notes for the basics of fluid mechanics.

    Fluid Mechanics, Landau & Lifshitz, 2nd edition, Pergamon Press

    The Physics of Fluids and Plasmas, Arnab Rai Choudhuri