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Alexander Horner-Devine
CEE 570
Seattle Campus

Hydrodynamics

Applications of the equations of motion to ideal and real fluid flow, with topics in Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Kinematics, Navier-Stokes equations, viscous flows, Coriolis, density driven flows, free surface flows, and introduction to turbulence. Applications include: tidal flushing, lakes, estuaries, gravity currents and river plumes. Prerequisite: CEE 342.

Class description

In this course we develop tools for analyzing fluid flows that we observe in the environment and that are significant to environmental maintenance. The class emphasizes fundamental fluid mechanical processes and applies these principles to environmental flows such as wind-driven lake setup, gravity currents, tidal pumping, turbulent mixing of pollutants in rivers and others. The approach is mathematical, but the emphasis is on generating the intuition necessary to approach a wide range of problems in environmental fluid mechanics. To this end, the course includes a number of interesting laboratory experiments and demos.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course consists of 3 lecture hours per week plus an additional hour. The additional hour will be used alternately for extra lecture time and in-class laboratory experiments.

Recommended preparation

The course assumes at least one prior fluid mechanics course as well as a solid mathematics background.

Class assignments and grading

There is one problem set per week, an in-class midterm and a take-home final. The assignments are intended to allow students to explore the solutions that we derive in class and extend them to new flows.

The class grade is based on the assignments (40%), midterm (30%) and final (30%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Alexander Horner-Devine
Date: 03/16/2009