Fluid Dynamics (MSK560)

Understanding how liquids and gases behave is crucial in many industrial processes. Examples of this include wind energy, blood flow in the human body, and the processing of oil and gas.

This course provides an advanced review of flow processes, with the main emphasis on mathematical description and analytical solution methods.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Mathematical description of fluid motion, Navier-Stoke's and energy equations and their solutions, flow regimes: Stokes' flow and potential flow. Lift and drag. Laminar boundary layers. Flow separation and attachment, Instability and the transition to turbulent flow. Turbulent boundary layers. Short introduction to CFD.

Learning outcome


Students should know:

  • fundamental properties of fluids, such as viscosity and surface tension
  • The basic equations for fluid dynamics
  • Simplifications of the basic equations, including creeping flow, non-viscous flow, potential flow, and boundary layer.
  • Fundamental principles of computational fluid dynamics


Students should be able to:

  • Simplify the fundamental equations using dimensional analysis
  • Perform simple analytical calculations of speed, pressure, and shear stress for incompressible, viscous flow
  • Use digital tools for calculation and visualization of flow fields and potential flow
  • Describe and analyze important phenomena such as flow regimes, flow separation, and transition to turbulence

General Competence

Students should be able to:

  • Interpret and analyze results from calculations in a critical manner.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

FYS200 Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics, MAT300 Vector Analysis


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 3 Hours Letter grades Compilation of mathematical formulae (Rottmann)

The written exam is conducted using pen and paper.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Knut Erik Teigen Giljarhus

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

Four hours of lectures/problem solving weekly. Language of teaching and exam is English.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Fluid dynamics (MPT130_1) 4

Open for

Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Marine and Offshore Technology - Master of Science Degree Programme
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto