EP8413 - Directed study course in Thermo-fluid dynamics


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 1 hours

Course content

The course is organized for PhD students with the Thermofluids research group, and targets advanced topics within the specialized research themes of the group. The course content is tailored for each individual student, to enable in-depth study in a particular research area. A detailed list of learning material will be prepared by the relevant course lecturer, with input from the PhD candidate and course coordinator. Typically, this will include selected (parts of) books, papers and other material relevant for doctoral studies in one or more of the following areas: advanced experimental methods and/or numerical simulations, theoretical analysis of thermofluid systems, multi-phase flows, free -surface flows, turbulence, aerodynamics, and combustion.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: At the end of the course, the student should be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the studied topics in one or more of the particular topics listed under "Course content".

Skills: At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the theoretical/conceptual background of the studied topics, with reference to seminal papers and important previous findings;
  • Clearly and accurately contextualise their PhD project within the wider research field and with reference to the current state-of-the-art;
  • Provide a clear and concise formulation of a studied problem or research question;
  • Demonstrate the ability to select and apply relevant methods for solving specified problems, justifying their choices as appropriate;
  • Critically analyze previous research findings.

General competence: By participation and completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Write an introduction section for a journal paper or thesis, describing the current state-of-the-art, and formulating relevant research question(s);
  • Write the methods section of a journal paper or thesis, describing and justifying the development, selection and/or application of appropriate advanced experimental, numerical, or theoretical methods to answer the stated research question(s);
  • Discuss and describe the current state-of-the-art in a particular research area, and be able to make well-reasoned arguments and/or assumptions for the selection of particular research choices.

Learning methods and activities

The learning is generally organized as guided self-study, but candidates in some cases may be expected to attend lectures, colloquia and/or seminars for discussion of relevant topics.

The course is run once per year, starting in the Autumn term, depending on the number of registered candidates. Each student will be assigned to the most relevant lecturer registered on the course, most often on of their PhD supervisors.

Further on evaluation

Each candidate will define a clear problem statement together with one or more research questions. They will then compile a project portfolio around these questions, based on the self-study conducted in the course. They will be asked to distill this into a brief journal-style report. An oral evaluation will be conducted based on this report. The report is considered part of the oral evaluation and both written and oral performance will contribute to the final grade.

Required previous knowledge

Master of science in Mechanical, Aerospace or other relevant engineering or other Master degree relevant for the actual PhD study.

The student must have taken advanced courses in thermodynamics or fluid dynamics or otherwise acquired advanced skills in these fields.

PhD students must be part of the Thermofluids Research Group, please contact course coordinator to discuss eligibility if you are unsure.

Course materials

A detailed list of course materials will be agreed at the start of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Thermal Energy
  • Fluids Engineering
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Oral exam 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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