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Compressible Flow (Gas Dynamics)

Jafar Ghazanfarian

Level: Undergraduate


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This course is a 3-unit Honors-level subject serving as the Mechanical Engineering department's sole course in compressible fluid dynamics. The prerequisites for this course are undergraduate courses in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer. The goal of this course is to lay out the fundamental concepts and results for the compressible flow of gases. Topics to be covered include: fundamental concepts of compressible flows, appropriate conservation laws; propagation of disturbances; isentropic flows; normal shock wave relations, oblique shock waves; compressible flows in ducts with area changes, friction, or heat addition; unsteady compressible flows. The emphasis will be on physical understanding of the phenomena and basic analytical techniques. [Reference: from MIT online open courses with some modifications]

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