MEK4300 – Viscous Flow and Turbulence

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.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

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

Overlapping courses


4 hours of lectures per week throughout the semester.  

The course may be taught in Norwegian if the lecturer and all students at the first lecture agree to it.

Upon the attendance of three or fewer students, the lecturer may, in conjunction with the Head of Teaching, change the course to self-study with supervision.


Final written exam or final oral exam, which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

The form of examination will be announced by the lecturer by 15 October/15 March for the autumn semester and the spring semester respectively.

This course has 2 mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MEK9300 – Viscous Flow and Turbulence

Examination support material

Written examination: Rottmann's formula list and approved calculators are allowed. Information about approved calculators in Norwegian.

Oral examination: No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Courses taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may submit your response 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.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) June 26, 2022 9:28:53 AM

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