Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course aims to introduce in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. This course provides understanding of fundamental mathematical models, how they are derived and how they can be used to solve practical problems.


The course introduces fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The fluid mechanics section includes: fluid statics, the flow of liquids (incompressible flow) and gases (compressible flow) through tubing and various kinds of process apparatus. The flow of gases and liquids through packed and fluidized particle beds. Bernoulli´s equation. The heat transfer section includes heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation in liquids, gases and solids. Dimensional analysis and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) will be explained and used in both the fluid mechanics and heat transfer sections.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:



The student

  • Is able to define typical phenomena in fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Is able to describe processes in single-phase flow apparatus




The student

  • Handles the fundamental mathematical models in fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Explains micro- and macro momentum balances and uses them to solve basic problems
  • Quantifies heat transfer between fluids and solid walls and in heat exchangers



General competence

The student

  • Can apply the fundamental mathematical models in process industries
  • Can design basic installations in process industries

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and physical chemistry is recommended..
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
PTEK202: 10 ECTS
Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences


Teaching and learning methods

The teaching method is by lectures and tutorials.

Lectures / 4 hours per week

Tutorials /2 hours per week.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
The forms of assessment are:
  • Midterm exam (2 hours), 25% of total grade.
  • Written exam (4 hours), 75% of total grade.
  • In a semester in which teaching is not offered the final exam will count 100%
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Spring semester and autumn semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality control system at UiB and the department.
Examination Support Material

Basic calculator allowed in accordance with the regulations specified by the Faculty.

Approved calculator models include: Casio fx-82ES PLUS and Casio fx-82EX

Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Contact information for the course coordinator is available at «Mitt UiB», alternatively contact the student advisor.
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Physics and Technology are administratively responsible for the course.