Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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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.

Course content

MEK4480 gives a description of free surface flows, with special emphasis on free surface flows. The course gives a continuum description of fluid flow where two or more phases are simultaneously in motion, which is based on the equations for mass and momentum balance (Navier-Stokes equations). A class of multiphase flows will be described where emphasis will be on the development of theoretical models to describe these.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you:

  • know about theoretical models for multphase flow;
  • will be able to describe and derive mathematical models for a class of selected free surface flow phenomena;
  • will be able to describe some instabilities that are driven and inhibited by surface tension;
  • will be able to describe bubble/droplet dynamics, film dynamics, capillary and wetting phenomena, fluid flows driven forces at the free surface.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Overlapping courses


Four hours of lectures/exercises per week throughout the semester. Some teaching may be done in the laboratory.

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.


1 mandatory assignment. Parts of it may involve project work. Some of these project works will be performed in the laboratory and others through numerical simulations through the use of computer rooms. These projects must also be presented as a short seminar to fellow students.

Depending on the number of students, the exam will be in one of the following four forms:

  1. Final written exam, which counts 100% for censorship.
  2. Final oral exam, which counts 100% for censorship.
  3. Project assignment and final written examination, which are emphasized equally in the assessment. Both exam parts must be passed in the same semester.
  4. Project assignment and final oral examination, which are emphasized equally in the assessment. Both exam parts must be taken in the same semester.  

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

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) July 12, 2020 9:21:39 PM

Facts about this course


Taught according to demand and resources. Contact if you are interested in this course.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)