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1. Course title



Fluid Phenomena

2. Course code


Previous equivalent courses: 53697 Fluid Phenomena, 5 credits

3. Course status: compulsory or optional

Opintojaksosta vastaa fysikaalisten tieteiden kandiohjelma.

Opintojakso kuuluu fysikaalisten tieteiden valinnaisiin aineopintoihin ja sen voi sisällyttää jokaisen opintosuunnan aineopintokokonaisuuteen.

Opintojakso on tarjolla muiden koulutusohjelmien opiskelijoille. Muiden koulutusohjelmien opiskelijat voivat sisällyttää opintojakson fysikaalisten tieteiden opintokokonaisuuteen (FYS1900), geofysiikan opintokokonaisuuteen (FYS1800) tai fysiikan aineopintokokonaisuuteen (FYS2700).

Bachelor's programme in physical sciences is responsible for the course.

The course belongs to optional studies in physical sciences and it may be included to the intermediate studies- study module in each study track.

The course is available to the students from other degree programmes.

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

-Bachelor’s level = first-cycle degree/EQF level 6

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

The recommended time for completion: second or third year.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

The course is offered every year in the autumn term, period I in 2021.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 credits

8. Teacher coordinating the course

9. Course learning outcomes

The course gives an introduction to the physics of gas and fluid flows and to mass and energy transport. The course is aimed at all physics students and is suitable for other students as well.

10. Course completion methods

-Will the course be offered in the form of contact teaching, or can it be taken as a distance
learning course?
-Description of attendance requirements (e.g., X% attendance during the entire course or
during parts of it)
-Methods of completion

11. Prerequisites

High school advanced mathematics and physics, course FYS1010 Matemaattiset apuneuvot I or similar.

12. Recommended optional studies

-What other courses are recommended to be taken in addition to this course?
-Which other courses support the further development of the competence provided by this

13. Course content

1. Pipe flow and other simple geometry flow types. Reynold’s number and its physical meaning.
2. Flow past a cylinder and different flow types related to that. Drag.
3. Free convection. Rayleigh and Prandtl numbers.
4. Equation of motion. Lagrangian and Eulerian specification of the flow field and related derivatives. Continuity equation. Boundary conditions. Incompressibility assumption.
5. Stream lines, stream functions and trajectories. Vorticity and circulation.
6. Dynamic similarity.
7. Flow at high and low Reynold’s numbers and examples of a viscous flow; Euler equation; flow potential; Bernoulli equation.
8. Turbulence and its statistical analysis. Correlation and spectra.

14. Recommended and required literature

-What kind of literature and other materials are read during the course (reading list)?
-Which works are set reading and which are recommended as supplementary reading?

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

-See the competence map (
-Student activities
-Description of how the teacher’s activities are documented

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

Grading scale 0-5.
-See the competence map (
-The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching
methods of the course.

17. Teaching language

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