MEK3230 – Fluid Mechanics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course gives an introduction to fluid mechanics i.e. the mathematical description of the motion of liquids and gases (fluids). The course gives a continuum description of fluids, which is based on the equations for mass conservation and momentum balance (Navier Stokes equations). Fluid mechanics is essential to a wide range of industrial applications such as offshore technology, oil and gas industry, wind energy, meteorology, geological flows as well as biological systems, where the course is an ideal starting point for students with a broad interest in mathematical applications.
After completing the course you
- will have knowledge about the properties of fluids - incompressibility, Newtonian fluids, viscosity, etc.
- can use scaling arguments to define and explain fluid flows
- can describe viscous and inviscid flows
- can analytically solve simple flow phenomena through the basic equation for fluid motion
- can describe typical free-surface flows that couple the interface dynamics with the fluid motion
- can use scaling and geometry to simplify Navier Stokes equations to simple models that can be solved analytically.
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
Information technology (1+2)
Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
- FYS-MEK1110 – Mechanics
- MEK1100 – Vector Calculus
- MAT1100 – Calculus
- MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra
- MAT1120 – Linear Algebra
- 10 credits overlap with MEK4230 – Fluid Mechanics (discontinued).
- 10 credits overlap with MEK1300 – Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (discontinued).
- 10 credits overlap with MEK2300 – Fluid Mechanics (discontinued).
- 9 credits overlap with ME120.
- 9 credits overlap with ME102.
6 hours of lectures/exercises per week throughout the semester. The exercises are to a large extent based on independent work from the students.
As the teaching might involve laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
Final written exam 4 hours which counts 100 % towards the final grade.
This course has 2 mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
Examination support material
Rottmann's formula list and approved calculators are allowed. Information about approved calculators in Norwegian.
Language of examination
Courses taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: