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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

MEK9480 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 will:

  • know about theoretical models for multphase flow;
  • be able to describe and derive mathematical models for a class of selected free surface flow phenomena;
  • be able to describe some instabilities that are driven and inhibited by surface tension;
  • be able to describe bubble/droplet dynamics, film dynamics, capillary and wetting phenomena, fluid flows driven forces at the free surface;
  • be able to present, on a scientific level, a short thesis on a chosen topic of relevance as a seminar to fellow students, selected in collaboration with the lecturer.

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


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.


In addition, each PhD candidate is expected to give a one hour oral presentation on a topic of relevance (chosen in cooperation with the lecturer). The presentation has to be approved by the lecturer for the student to be admitted to the final exam.

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.

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) Oct. 28, 2020 9:18:09 PM

Facts about this course


Spring 2020

Spring 2021

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

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