MEK9300 – Viscous Flow and Turbulence

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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 4 hours 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.

In addition, each PhD candidate is expected to give an oral presentation on a topic of relevance chosen in cooperation with the lecturer. The presentation has to be approved by the lecturer 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: MEK4300 – 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 write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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) Oct. 28, 2020 9:17:47 AM

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