16.540 Internal Flows in Turbomachines

Spring 2006

Fluid flow leakage around a compressor tip.
The trajectory of particles leaking over a compressor tip, an image from the lecture 'Modeling Fluid Flow'. (Image by MIT OCW, adapted from Furukawa et al.)

Course Highlights

This course features a sample of lecture notes from the class, and a series of concept questions and quizzes in the assignments section.

Course Description

In 16.540 we address fluid dynamic phenomena of interest in internal flow situations. The emphasis tends to be on problems that arise in air breathing propulsion, but the application of the concepts covered is more general, and the course is wider in scope, than turbomachines (in spite of the title). Stated more directly, the focus is on the fluid mechanic principles that determine the behavior of a broad class of industrial devices. The material can therefore be characterized, only partly tongue in cheek, as "industrial strength fluid mechanics done in a rigorous manner".
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Prof. Edward Greitzer
Dr. Choon Tan

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session