MEK9600 – Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics

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Course content

The course will provide an introduction to measurement methods relevant to experimental fluid mechanics. Knowledge of these topics will also be of use for fluid mechanics students involved in modelling. The course will provide an overview of analysis techniques commonly used in experimental work. Weekly exercises will provide reinforcement of the topics discussed in class. A variety of measurement methods and techniques will be presented in order to provide knowledge and understanding of common measurement methods used in research. Lab classes will provide the student with opportunities to apply the topics discussed in class to actual data. Literature which is relevant to the measurement techniques will be discussed in class as well.

Learning outcome

The goal will be to familiarize the student with common measurement and analysis techniques for experimental fluid mechanics. After completion of the course the student should feel confident in conducting more independent experimental work. The student will leave will knowledge of how to approach various measurements in the lab along with an understanding of how to acquire and process the resultant data.


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

MEK1100 – Vector Calculus and MEK3230 – Fluid Mechanics and basic programming/scripting knowledge in Matlab, Python, Fortran, etc.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MEK4600 – Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics

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


4 hours of lectures per week through the whole semester. Three compulsory assignments have to be handed in and approved in addition to an oral presentation.

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.


The final examination will consist of a 30 minute oral presentation given by the student to the class. The student will go into further detail on a topic discussed in class, chosen from a list provided by the instructors. Questions from the instructors and the class members will follow the presentation and a letter grade will be given.

PhD candidates must deliver one extra obligatory exercise, which must be at an advanced level within the curriculum of the course, or be a theoretical extension of the curriculum of the course, and should preferably relate the contents of the course to newer research literature. You may be required to give an oral presentation and/or deliver a written report. The exercise must be passed to be allowed to take the final exam.

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.


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






Spring 2020

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


Spring 2020

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.