MEK9440 – Numerical Fluid Dynamics with Free Surface

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Course content

Finite volume methods, volume-of-fluid method for the dynamics of free boundaries pressure-velocity coupling, energy conservation and balances, turbulence statistics in fully developed channel flow at low Reynolds number, large eddy simulation modeling and subgrid closure, level set methods.

Learning outcome

Advanced methods in computational fluid dynamics including: moving boundaries and moving (fixed) bodies, resolution of turbulent motion, breaking of free surface flows, local breaking at fixed or flexible geometries penetrating a free surface, internal (and potentially breaking) wave motion.


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


Recommended previous knowledge

MEK3220 – Continuum Mechanics (discontinued)/MEK4220 – Continuum Mechanics (discontinued), MEK3230 – Fluid Mechanics, partial differential equations, basic numerical methods, MEK4300 – Viscous Flow and Turbulence.

Overlapping courses

*The information about overlaps for discontinued courses may not be complete. If you have questions, please contact the Department. 


3 hours of lectures every week throughout the semester.

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 oral examination.

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 pass/fail scale. 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






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


The same semester as taught.

Teaching language


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