VM8104 - CFD for Civil Engineering Hydropower Hydraulics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 100/100 1 hours D

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.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
  • * 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.