ENFP 300 - Fire Protection Fluid Mechanics

(3 credits)

Fire test with a MLRS pod

Photo courtesy of
Andrew Neviackas ('06)
& Danielle Leikach ('06)


  • differential equations (Math246) and
  • physics II with lab (Phys260/261)
  • permission of the department is required


  • Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics by Munson, Young, Okiishi, and Huebsch, 2009 edition

Course Description

  • This course will present students with the fundamental properties of fluids and fluid movement. Both static and dynamic fluid problems will be considered with an emphasis on fire protection systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Acquire a working knowledge of static and dynamic of fluid flow
  • Estimate pressure drop in pipes and ducts
  • Evaluate a hydraulic network with application to sprinkler design
  • Describe buoyant flows associated with fire and fire plumes

Topics Covered

  • Statics and dynamics
  • Bernoulli equation
  • Conservation statements
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Viscous flow in pipes
  • Hydraulic networks
  • Pumps
  • Kinematics
  • Control volume analysis
  • Differential analysis
  • External flow
  • Boundary layer theory
  • Open channel flow