Syllabus for Fluid Mechanics


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TV024
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G1F, Technology G1F, Earth Science G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2009
  • Entry requirements:

    Mechanics I and Scientific Computing

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After the completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • apply her/his knowledge to compute fluid pressure on immersed surfaces
  • visualise the flow pattern in the Eulerian approach
  • use the control volume concept compute convective acceleration, local acceleration and apply Bernoulli equation to solve pressure and velocity distribution in a flow field
  • interpret momentum and moment of momentum equations and their application to determine components of forces acting on fluid jets, nozzles, vanes and pipes
  • apply simplified forms of energy equation to determine power required by a pump to lift a fluid mass to a certain height or power delivered by a turbine due to height loss etc.
  • use the concepts of laminar and turbulent flow, calculate velocity distribution, energy losses and discharge through circular pipes with joints and in natural and lined open channels in a steady flow field
  • solve problems concerning varied flow in open channels using the concept of specific energy.


Properties and changes of state for fluids and gases, equilibrium of fluids (hydrostatics), conservation principles in kinematics (moving coordinate systems, the control volume concept, Eulerian and Lagrangian methods), energy and continuity equations, stress-strain relations, differenatial analysis of fluid motion Euler and Bernoulli equations, similarity analysis, laminar and turbulent boundary layers, uniform and non-uniform flows in open and closed systems (flow in pipes). Demonstration: 1. Energy distribution and losses in a closed hydraulic system 2. Sub-critical and Super critical flows in open channels


Lectures, exercises, laboratory demonstrations and reports.


Examination is held at the end of the course. Grading on the scale 3, 4 or 5 is given provided all exercises and laboratory reports are completed and deemed approved. A student who fails the examination can be examined again either at the beginning of the autumn or the spring term.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2009

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Crowe, Clayton T.; Elger, Donald F.; Roberson, John A. Engineering Fluid Mechanics, 8th Edition

    8. uppl.: Wiley, 2004

    Find in the library