This course is discontinued

MEK3300 – Viscous Flow and Turbulence

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

Flow at low Reynolds number: Stokes flow, Oseens solution. Flow at large Reynolds number: Vortex dynamics, stagnation flow, boundary layer flow, non-steady boundary layers, separation and vortex shedding. Forces on bodies due to the flow, drag coefficients. Free shear layers, jets and wakes. Stability, transition to turbulence, turbulent flow. Reynolds averaged equations, turbulent stresses, turbulent diffusivity, mixing length and the k-epsilon model, law of the wall, correlations and spectra.

Learning outcome

To extend the understanding of some important areas of fluid mechanics, and to provide a basis for further studies in fluid mechanics and other branches of science where such knowledge is needed (such as meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, branches of physics and geology). The course is compulsory for specialization in fluid mechanics in the master program Computational Science and Engineering.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

MEK2200 – Continuum Mechanics. It would be an advantage to have taken MEK2300 – Fluid Mechanics (discontinued) (MEK1300 – Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (discontinued)), and INF-MAT3360 – Partial differential equations (discontinued).

Overlapping courses

10 credits with MEK4300 – Viscous Flow and Turbulence.

10 credits with ME220.

*The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the Department for more information if necessary.


4 hours of lectures per week.


Two compulsory assignments have to be handed in and approved. Final written examination. Letter grading (A-F).

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics (norwegian only)

Examination support material

Rottmann's formula list + approved calculator.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Information about deferred and new examination (also called repeat examination) is found here (only in Norwegian) .

More information about examination at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences can be found here .

Facts about this course




This version of the course was held for the last time Spring 2007. MEK4300 – Viscous Flow and Turbulence will still be held.


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)