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FSG3112 Turbulence 9.0 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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P2 (9.0 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSG3112 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Fundamental phenomena and concepts. Statistical methods. Shear-flow turbulence and the turbulent boundary layer. CFD models for turbulent flow. The theory of isotropic and homogeneous turbulence.

Intended learning outcomes

The primary aim of the course is to give the students an overview of turbulent flow and turbulence.

After completing the course a student should be able to;

  • use statistical methods to describe and analyse turbulent flow,
  • describe and explain the lengthscale structure of turbulence, and
  • use an understanding of turbulence to describe the strengths and weaknesses of common CFD models for turbulent flow.
  • describe/give examples of how fluid dynamics research can adress aspects of sustainability

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SG2214 Fluid Mechanics, or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

The course assumes that the contents of the course SG2214, or something similar, have been studied, especially a knowledge of the Navier-Stokes equations is required.


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Recommended course book; “Turbulent Flows” by S.B. Pope (CUP, 2000).

Alternative; Ch. 13, “Turbulence”, in “Fluid Mechanics” by Kundu & Cohen (Elsevier, 2004).

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LIT1 - Literature assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Oral exam, 6.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

INL1 Assignment 1,5 hp (P, F)

LIT1 Literature assignment 1,5 hp (P, F)

TEN1 Oral exam 6,0 hp (P, F)

Other requirements for final grade

Practical laboratory exercise; homework; and a written test or oral examination. Doctoral students should carry out and present a short literature project. The literature project should comprise a summary and analysis of the approaches to relevant turbulence research issues addressed in typically two selected journal papers. The literature project should also address possible sustainability aspects of the selected papers and of the specific research project of the PhD student. 

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

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Ricardo Vinuesa Motilva (

Supplementary information

Doctoral students should carry out and present a short literature project.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Mechanics