OCEN 678

Fluid Dynamics for Ocean and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky,
Associate Professor


Office Hours

Course Meeting Times

MWF 1:50-2:40 in
CVLB 419


Ph +1-979-845-4517

Dye visualization of a shallow starting vortex at a tidal inlet in the laboratory.


In addition to the syllabus listed below, please also download the Learning Outcomes, and Course Reserves documents.

Fluid Dynamics for Ocean and Environmental Engineering.
(3-0). Credit 3.
Central conservation laws; Navier-Stokes equations; steady and unsteady Bernoulli's equation; potential flow theory and basics of panel methods; laminar and turbulent boundary layer; transport equation in laminar and turbulent flow; flow past a body of any shape; scale analysis and the art of approximation. Prerequisite: CVEN 362 or approval of instructor.

Learning Outcomes. By the end of this course, students will be able to construct solutions to fluid dynamics problems applicable to their research using methods from the fluids literature. To achieve this goal, students will learn to


Fluid dynamics, environmental fluid mechanics, viscous flow, potential flow, hydrodynamic forces, boundary layers, Navier-Stokes equations, turbulence, mixing, approximation


There is one recommended textbook for this course.

In addition, resources from a number of books have been made available through the university library reserves. Some of the content is available online, while other resources are through hard copy at the reserves desk. You may access all of this material through the library reserves website for this course at

Each of the items available through the library reserve is detailed in the reserves list handout. The lecture handouts for each lecture (see Calendar page) detail which reading material applies to each lecture.

Course Calendar

Please refer to the Calendar page.

In addition to the weekly class meeting times, note the exam dates:

Class Participation and Quizzes

You are expected to attend all classes, turn in all assignments, and complete all exams at their scheduled times. Exceptions are only permitted for University Excused Absences as described below in Absences.

Classes will start on time, and pointers for the homework assignments and last-minute changes to the schedule may be announced in class. It is your responsibility to be in class to receive this information or to get the information from another student.

There is also an online password-protected course website available to registered students at:

This site will provide discussion forums for the homework assignments and access to audio for the lectures (when available).

Homework Assignments

Please refer to the Assignments page for problem assignments and schedules.

Homework assignments will be problem sets. These will be hand-written assignments solving problems related to the lecture material. These assignments will be graded and returned in a timely manner. The problems in the homework will be similar to exam problems, but often with more details than can be covered in an exam setting.

The homework will be done in teams of three or four students that the instructor will assign. Your team will have the following responsibilities in completing homework:

No late homework will be accepted without a university-excused absense (see Absences below). Homework that fails to rotate the recorder will be penalized 25%. To facilitate group work and promote individual accountability, students will periodically rate everyone's effort (not academic ability), and the ratings will be factored into the individual grades. Students will also be asked to comment on group functioning throughout the term. The groups will be reshuffled if a majority of students would like to do so.

Students may form 'meta-teams', or teams of teams, to discuss homework. You may ask others for help at places where you have made diligent attempts and have become stumped. You may ask others for confirmation of results at significant milestones in the problem. However, direct copying of solution sets outside your team or other team's papers will not be permitted (see Academic Integrity below).

Homework due dates are posted on the Assignments page and assignments will be turned in at the start of class on the dates due. Generally, homework is assigned on a weekly schedule.

Format. Please start each problem on a new sheet of paper, beginning on the front side of the page. Paper should be 8 1/2 by 11 letter sized. Assignments should include each problem in the order they are assigned and fastend by a single staple in the upper, left-hand corner of the page. Please do not include folders, binders, or any other extra devices.

Course Project

Please refer to the Assignments page.

There will be one course project that will be due on the day of the final exam. The project tests the main objective of this course, which is that students should be able to read and understand the research literature on fluid mechanics after completing this course. The project will require students to select two journal papers which address a topic in this course. Students will work in the same groups as for the homework assignments. The final project will consist of a conference-quality poster presentation, a written conference paper (6 pages), and a 15 minute oral seminar-quality presentation. Details of the course project will be handed out in a separate assignment description in mid-October.


Two take-home exams are scheduled (see course Calendar for scheduling). The grading of the exams will be based on both the approach and the final answer. Exams will be open book and open notes, and done individually: no group work and absolutely no collaboration whatsoever is permitted.


Your final grade for the course will be calculated as follows

Letter grades will be assigned from your total course score according to 90% to 100%: A, ≥80% but <90%: B, ≥70% but <80%: C, ≥60% but <70%: D, below 60%: F.

Plagiarism and Cheating

"An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do." Students are expected to understand and abide by the Aggie Honor Code presented on the web at:

No form of scholastic misconduct will be tolerated. Academic misconduct includes cheating, fabrication, falsification, multiple submissions, plagiarism, complicity, etc. These are more fully defined in the above web site. As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one's own the ideas, words, writings, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have permission of that person. Since the problem sets and quiz grades for this course are a high percentage of your total grade, no plagiarism or cheating will be permitted in the homework. Violations will be handled in accordance with the Aggie Honor System Process described on the web site.


The university views class attendance as an individual student responsibility. Students are expected to attend class and to complete all assignments. Instructors are expected to give adequate notice of the dates on which major tests will be given and assignments will be due. For more details, please read Part I, Rule 7 of the Texas A&M University Student Rules at

Please contact me as soon as you know you will miss a class or an exam so that a reasonable alternative can be accommodated. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of zero for the missed work. The instructor is under no obligation to provide an opportunity for the student to make up work missed because of an unexcused absence.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Department of Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities, in Cain Hall or call 845-1637.