Fluid Dynamics



  • Learn the main concepts of Fluid Mechanics, Thermofluids and heat transfer.
  • Learn to solve real problems of Fluid Mechanics, engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer in any area of engineering, particularly in the area of Industrial engineering.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Fernando de Almeida Dias, Luís Miguel Chagas da Costa Gil


Weekly - 5

Total - 76

Teaching language



- Fisica I, Fisica II

- Mecânica Aplicada


Paixão Conde, J. M., Gil L., “Introdução à dinâmica dos fluidos e à transmissão do calor”,

White, F. M.,“Mecânica dos Fluidos”, McGraw-Hill, 4ª ed., 2002.

Oliveira, Luis Adriano, Lopes, António Gameiro, " Mecânica dos Fluidos" Lidel, Lisboa Portugal

Moran, M, J., Shapiro, H. N. "Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics", Wiley

Holman, J. P., “Heat Transfer”, McGraw-Hill,

Teaching method

The lectures will be as interactive with the students as possible. The students are encouraged to raise questions about the topics being discussed in a lecture. 

In the problem-solving sessions, problems are proposed to the students with the goals: to exercise their critical thinking and ability to discuss ideas, to consolidate their use of terminology, as well as to prepare for an exam.

Evaluation method

Método de Avaliação Contínua (Genérico)

Tipo D – 3 mini-testes

Classificação final - 40% teste 1 + 35% teste 2 + 25% teste 3

Classificação minima 3º teste  - 30%

Subject matter

1-Fluid Mechanics and thermofluids Module:
1.1-Basic notions and properties of fluids. Measurement instruments.
1.2-Statics of fluids. Manometry.
1.3-Conservation equations in open systems: Continuity, Energy and Bernoulli.
1.4- Psychrometric applications
1.5-Applications to steady flow and incompressible fluid. Velocity and flow rate measurement.
1.6-Internal incompressible flows in ducts. Installation operating conditions characterization. Choice of pumps.

2-Heat Transfer Module:
2.1-Heat transfer modes: Fourier''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s, Newton and Stefan-Boltzmann laws.
2.2-Conduction: Temperature profiles and heat flux. Electrical analogy.
2.3-Forced Convection: Prandtl and Nusselt numbers. Empirical correlation.
2.4-Natural Convection: Grashof number. Local and mean Nusselt numbers. Empirical correlation.
2.5-Radiation: Radiation properties. The black body. Emissivity. The gray body.



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