MECH4302 Fluid-Structure Interaction Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Fluid-Structure Interaction
Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering
10 stp.


Fluid-structure interactions (FSI) are critical considerations in the design and understanding of various systems mechanical engineers will work with, e.g.,wind turbines, ship hulls, engines, or bridges.

The course will cover the fundamental theory of fluid-structure interactions including viscous flow, turbulent flow, flow separation, bluff-body aerodynamics, unsteady flow, time-frequency analysis and flow control techniques..

Students will learn to solve relevant real-world FSI problems.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

The students should have completed the courses om andvanced engineering mathematics and continuum mechanis.



The candidate

  • can explain the governing equations of fluid dynamics

  • can explain the relevant phenomena related to FSI problems such as turbulence, separation, vortex shedding

  • can explain the physics behind standard fluid-structure interaction problems such as flow-induced vibrations and the aerodynamics of flapping wings

  • can explain state-of-the art computational and expermimental tools relevent for FSI problems such as wind turbines



The candidate

  • can identify the building blocks constituting a real-world FSI problem to predict possible flow-induced vibrations and propse flow control strategies to prevent them

  • can apply state-of-the-art FSI tools to solve industrially relevant FSI problems.


General Competence:  

The candidate

  • can perform independent research and document the results in the form of a report, following the ethical protocols of research

  • can communicate with peers on how computer simulations and experiments of FSI problems (such as wind farms) are built from first principles

  • can critically evaluate results from simulations and experiments

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Lectures and experimental laboratory exercises.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following coursework requirements must have been approved for the student to take the exam:

  • comprehendig, summarasing and critically review a research paper of a FSI topic.


  • One experimental laboratory report (approximately 5 pages, estimated to 15 hours of work) on a FSI incl a time-frequency analysis of a flow-induced vibration problem.

Vurdering og eksamen

Individual oral examination (20 minutes)

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen



Graded scale A-F.


Two internal examiners. External examiner is used periodically.