VM8104 - CFD for Civil Engineering Hydropower Hydraulics


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2019/2020

Course content

Solution of the Navier-Stokes equations in three dimensions applied to civil engineering hydraulics related to hydropower plants. An example is air entrainment in spillways. Another example is velocity distributions in a river/reservoir due to hydropower regulations. The CFD program OpenFOAM will be used in the course.

Learning outcome

The candidate get knowledge about computational fluid mechanics and the use of OpenFOAM. Topics can be turbulence modelling, two-phase flow, discretization schemes etc.

The candidate should master the use of OpenFOAM for computation fluid flow in hydraulic structures, and be able to program solvers for the program. Pre and post processing using ParaView and other programs should be learned.

General competence:
The candidate should be able to use knowledge from the discipline for scientific assignments and projects, and to publish research and development results in recognized national and international channels.

Learning methods and activities

The course includes an external course on OpenFOAM. This must be funded by the students supervisor. The course will also contain a project work.

Further on evaluation

The grade will be based on an oral exam at the end of the course. A presentation of the project work will be a part of the exam

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)
Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering (PHVANN)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to PhD Programme in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering at NTNU. Students have to have passed the course TVM4155 Numerical modelling and hydraulics.

Course materials

Selected books and articles.

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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



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