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Course content

Flow at low Reynolds number: Stokes flow, Oseens solution. Flow at large Reynolds number: Vortex dynamics, stagnation flow, boundary layer flow, non-steady boundary layers, separation and vortex shedding. Forces on bodies due to the flow, drag coefficients. Free shear layers, jets and wakes. Stability, transition to turbulence, turbulent flow. Reynolds averaged equations, turbulent stresses, turbulent diffusivity, mixing length and the k-epsilon model, law of the wall, correlations and spectra.

Learning outcome

To extend the understanding of some important areas of fluid mechanics, and to provide a basis for further studies in fluid mechanics and other branches of science where such knowledge is needed (such as meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, branches of physics and geology). The course is recommended for specialization in fluid mechanics at the master level.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses

*The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the Department for more information if necessary.


4 hours lectures per week.


Two compulsory assignments need to be passed within given deadlines to be allowed to take the final exam. Final written examination.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics.

Examination support material

Permitted aids at the exam: Rottmann's formula list + approved calculator.
Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

Taught every autumn from autumn 2017.


Every autumn

Teaching language


The course is given in English. If no students have asked for the course in English within the first lecture, it may be given in Norwegian.