Course Syllabus for

Turbulence - Theory and Modelling
Turbulens - teori och modellering

MVKN90F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2019
Decided by: Anders Gustafsson / FUN
Date of establishment: 2019-10-26

General Information

Division: Energy Sciences
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: MVKN90
Teaching language: English


The aim of this course is to provide basic theoretical knowledge on turbulence as well as the design of turbulence models and their applicability. Furthermore, the intention is to provide skills in the analysis of turbulent flows. This knowledge should be sufficient to understand the background of turbulence models and the ability to chose an appropriate turbulence model for a given flow case.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course contains the basic theory for turbulent flows, the transition from laminar to turbulent flows and the physical basis for different types of turbulence models. The turbulence theory part contains statistical and phenomenological description of turbulence Kolmogorov’s hypotheses, and also wall bounded and free shear flows. Homogeneous and isotropic turbulence is discussed as well as anisotropy in different types of flow. The modelling part contains the most common types of turbulence models, i.e. the ones based on the Reynolds averaged equations and Large Eddy Simulation. The physical background and effects of different models are discussed. The mathematical description is also treated, averaging of the governing equations, and derivation of the extra equations needed.

Course Literature

Pope, S. B: Turbulent Flows. Cambridge University Press, 2003. ISBN 0521598869.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, exercises, project

Examination Details

Examination formats: Oral exam, written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants. The compulsory home works and laboratory exercises are reported in writing, individually. The project assignment is reported both in writing and orally at a seminar, where active participation at the other presentations is also required. Giving a seminar on a specific topic from the course is also required. To get a passing grade all compulsory parts, i.e. home works, laboratory exercises, seminar, project assignment and oral exam must be approved
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Basic course in fluid mechanics
Assumed prior knowledge: Mathematics equivalent to a master degree in mechanical engineering

Further Information

Course coordinator: prof. Johan Revstedt,, 046-2224302

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

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