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Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics FYS200

The subject gives a basic introduction to thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Learning outcome
After having completed this course the student should be able to:
  • Understand qualitatively the connection between macroscopic properties of matter and the microscopic dynamics of atoms and molecules.
  • Use phase diagrams for pure substances.
  • Analyze simple open and closed systems using the first and second law of thermodynamics, continuity equation, impulse-momentum theorem and equations of motion.
  • Understand the basic properties of fluids such as surface tension, buoyancy, viscosity, laminar and turbulent flow.
  • Analyze simple flow problems using the energy and momentum equations.
  • be familiar with modern data analysis tools.
Atoms and molecules, introduction to the kinetic theory of gases, ideal gas. Pressure and temperature. Phases of matter, phase transitions and phase diagrams. Energy conservation and the first law of thermodynamics. Work, heat and internal energy in open and closed systems. Irreversible processes, entropy and the second law of thermodynamics. Cyclic processes, heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps. Thermodynamic potentials and Maxwell's relations. The Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Fluid properties, surface tension and viscosity. Fluid statics, buoyancy. Fluid kinematics, momentum and power in fluid flow. Stationary incompressible flow.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
FYS100 Mechanics, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MAT200 Mathematical Methods 2, MAT210 Real and Complex Calculus
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 5 Hours A - F No printed or written materials are allowed. Approved basic calculator allowed

Coursework requirements
Compulsory assignments (4 assignments), 2 obligatory hand-ins
  • The lab part consists of 4 tasks worked out individually.
  • Each studentattends one 3-hour lab session.
  • The lab sessions take place during one week in the second half of the semester.
  • Attendance in the lab is obligatory.
  • Lab reports are worked out in a python notebook and handed in individually.

The 2 obligatory hand-ins are to be delivered in the first half of the semester. These must be submitted within a given deadline and approved by the teacher. The approval will be only valid for two years. 

Course teacher(s)
Coordinator laboratory exercises: Anna Cecilie Åsland
Course coordinator: Diana Lucia Quintero Castro
Head of Department: Bjørn Henrik Auestad
Head of Department: Bjørn Henrik Auestad
Head of Department: Bjørn Henrik Auestad
Method of work
5 hours of lectures and 1 hour of exercises per week. One concentrated laboratory part (4 assignments) during a single week at the end of the semester, there are not lectures during the lab week .
Open for
Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Computer Science- Bachelor's degree programme in computer science Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor's Degree Programme Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Petroleum Technology - Bachelor's Degree Programme City and Regional Planning - Master's Degree Programme Industrial economics - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year Industrial Automation and Signal Processing - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science- Master's Degree Programme - 5 years Mathematics and Physics - Master of Science Degree Programme Mathematics and Physics, 5-year integrated Master's Programme Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology
Course assessment
Form and/or discussion.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Thermodynamics (BIT130) 5
Fluid Mechanics (BIT260) 5
Physics for data/electro (RED102) 2.5
The syllabus can be found in Leganto