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Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The subject gives a basic introduction to thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Learning outcome

After having completed this course the student should be able to:
  • Understand qualitatively the connection between macroscopic properties of matter and the microscopic dynamics of atoms and molecules.
  • Use phase diagrams for pure substances.
  • Analyze simple open and closed systems using the first and second law of thermodynamics, continuity equation, impulse-momentum theorem and equations of motion.
  • Understand the basic properties of fluids such as surface tension, buoyancy, viscosity, laminar and turbulent flow.
  • Analyze simple flow problems using the energy and momentum equations.


Atoms and molecules, introduction to the kinetic theory of gases, ideal gas. Pressure and temperature. Phases of matter, phase transitions and phase diagrams. Energy conservation and the first law of thermodynamics. Work, heat and internal energy in open and closed systems. Irreversible processes, entropy and the second law of thermodynamics. Cyclic processes, heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps. Thermodynamic potentials and Maxwell's relations. The Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Fluid properties, surface tension and viscosity. Fluid statics, buoyancy. Fluid kinematics, momentum and power in fluid flow. Stationary incompressible flow.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

FYS100 Physics, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MAT200 Mathematical Methods 2, MAT210 Real and Complex Calculus


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/15 hoursA - FNo printed or written materials are allowed. Approved basic calculator allowed.

Coursework requirements

Compulsory assignments (4 assignments), 2 obligatory hand-ins
  • The lab part consists of 4 tasks worked out in groups.
  • Each student/group attends one 3-hour lab session.
  • The lab sessions take place during one week in the second half of the semester.
  • Attendance in the lab is obligatory.
  • Lab reports are worked out and handed in individually.

The 2 obligatory hand-ins are to be delivered in the first half of the semester. These must be submitted within a given deadline and approved by the teacher.

Course teacher(s)

Coordinator laboratory exercises
Anna Cecilie Åsland
Course coordinator
Diana Lucia Quintero Castro
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

5 hours of lectures and 1 hour of exercises per week. One concentrated laboratory part (4 assignments) during a single week at the end of the semester.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Thermodynamics (BIT130_1) 5
Fluid Mechanics (BIT260_1) 5
Physics for data/electro (RED102_1) 2

Open to

Bachelor studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology. Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion.


Cengel, Cimbala and Turner: Fundamentals of thermal-fluid sciences. Fifth SI unit international edition, McGraw-Hill, 2016. ISBN 978-0-07-802768-0, and specific written notes.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020