Course syllabus

Avancerade metoder inom numerisk strömningsmekanik och värmeöverföring
Advanced Methods within Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

MVKN70, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED M
Date of Decision: 2023-04-11

General Information

Main field: Sustainable Energy Engineering.
Elective for: F5, F5-bem, M5-bem, Pi5-bem, MHET2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge about numerical methods that are rutinely used for simulating fluid flow and heat transfer. Knowledge on several ways of discretising  such as finite differences and finite volumes is provided. Knowledge on how to numerically treat some flow and heat transfer phenomena such as shock waves, multiphase flow, thermal radiation and mass transfer is given. The course is aimed at providing capability to perform this kind of simulations. Also, to provide capability in analysing and assessing the results of such simulations. This knowledge should be sufficient in order to choose a proper solution method and assess the accuracy of the results for a given engineering problem.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must



The course treats methods for numerical simulation of fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems, both incompressible and compressible. Discretiation using finite differences, finite volumes and to some extent finite elemets. Both compressible and incompressible flows are treated. Methods for handling multiphase flow and heat and mass transfer are included. Also, methods for chemical reactions (e.g. combustion are treated. Methods for improving computational efficiency (e.g. multi grid methods) are alos included.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Examiantion is both individual and based on group work. The mandatory homeworks and computer laboratory exercises are reported individually in writing. Attendance at the computer laboratory exercises is mandatory. The project work is reported in groups both in writing and orally at a seminar where all groups members must take active participation. The examination also includes a written theory test. To pass the course all mandatory parts, i.e. homeworks, laboratory exercises, project work and the theory test must be approved. The grade is set based on the project work report and the theory test.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

Assumed prior knowledge: MMVN05 Numerical Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer or MMV042 Numerical Heat Transfer or MVKN45 Applied Computational Fluid Mechanics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MVKN45, MMV042

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Rixin Yu,
Course coordinator: Christer Fureby,
Examinator: Christer Fureby,
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