Fluid Dynamics (MSK560)

The course gives an advanced mathematical description and analysis of fluid flow. The main emphasis will be on analytical solution methods.

Course description for study year 2023-2024


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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

The student shall have knowledge of the physics and the mathematical formalism for the description of fluids in order to be able to read and understand the technical literature in the field, and shall be able to make simple calculations of velocity, pressure, temperature and shear stress for incompressible viscous flow. Furthermore, the student shall have knowledge of important phenomena of advanced fluid dynamics, like flow regimes, boundary layers, instabilities and the transition to turbulent flow as well as basic CFD.

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)

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