MAS303 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer for Engineers

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

The objective of the course is to learn selected chapters of fluid mechanics and heat transfer, describing the phenomena most common for a number of industrial applications: energy technology, petroleum, chemical/farma/food/process technology and hydraulic engineering. The course provides understanding of basic mathematical models and their use in engineering. 


  • Fundamentals of fluid dynamics: Navier-Stokes equations, simplified solutions, Bernoulli's equation
  • Fundamentals of thermal physics: heat transfer equation and its solutions
  • Flow in channels of complex geometry: flow regimes, boundary layers and velocity profiles, pressure drop
  • Fundamental of heat transfer: forced vs natural convection, radiation, conduction; empirical correlations
  • Hydraulic machines: rhotodynamic vs positive displacement, theory, Euler equation, efficiency
  • Introduction to hydraulic engineering
  • Multiphase flows: classification, rheology, flow maps, fixed and fluidized beds
  • Flows with phase change: boiling/cavitation, NPSH, melting/solidification
  • Overview over numerical tools in fluid mechanics, turbulence models
  • Instrumentation in fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Examples of most typical technical solutions

Learning Outcome

At the completion of the course, students should be able to accumulate following


  • detailed aspects of fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • physical description of a typical process


  • handling the fundamental mathematical models in fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • quantitative estimation of the main operating parameters (pressure, temperature, force, flow rate, efficiency)
  • calculation of mass, momentum and energy balance in a process

General competence

  • writing of technical reports, group work, formulation and solution of typical equations in mathematical physics

Entry requirements

MAT110 Mathematics 1

MAT203 Mathematics 2 for Fire, Civil, HSE and Mechanical Engineering

Recommended previous knowledge

MAS220 Introduction to Fluid Dynamics

MAS302 Hydraulics

KJE102 Applied Fluid Mechanics

MAT151 Advanced mathematics and physics for structural and mechanical engineers

Teaching methods

2 lectures + 1 tutorial weekly

numerical laboratory works

visits to industrial sites at OneSubsea, Schlumberger, Framo

Course requirements

1 of 2 written assignments must be delivered within the deadline and approved.

Approved assignments are valid for 4 semesters.


Written examination, 4 hours.

Grading scale:  A-E/F, where F is fail.

Examination support material

One simple standard HVL approved calculator

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