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Course content

The course introduces four main subjects of viscous flow. The first subject treats flow at low Reynolds numbers including Couette-, pipe flow profiles and examples of Stokes flow. The second subject is laminar boundary layers where the Blasius profile at a flat plate and notions like boundary layer thickness and momentum thickness are introduced. The oscillatory boundary layer, the Ekman profile and secondary streaming are introduced as well. Analyses of jets and similarity solutions are developed. Stability is the third main subject and turbulence the fourth. Reynolds averaging, simple turbulence modeling as well as the turbulent law of the wall is introduced.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you:

  • are familiar with flow at low Reynolds numbers;
  • have learned what characterizes a boundary layer;
  • know how to formulate similarity solutions;
  • know how to calculate the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability;
  • know how to derive the turbulent law of the wall;
  • know how to perform simple turbulence modeling.




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Overlapping courses

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


4 hours lectures per week.


mandatory assignments.

Final written examination.


Examination support material

Rottmann's formula list and 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.