Fluid and Water Wave Dynamics


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module:

  • Must have knowledge about fluid kinematics.
  • Must have knowledge about stresses in fluids, equation of motion, constitutive models and Navier-Stokes equations.
  • Must have knowledge about ideal fluids and potential flows, including application of potential theory to simple problems for example circular cylinder and calculation of hydrodynamic mass.
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of Reynolds averaging and turbulence models.
  • Must be able to describe turbulent and laminar boundary layers including understanding of momentum equation for boundary layers.
  • Must be able to describe wind generated waves.
  • Must understand the application of potential theory to linear surface waves on a horizontal bed, including description and linearisation of boundary conditions, solving Laplace equation and the dispersion equation.
  • Kinematic and dynamic description of linear surface waves, including particle velocities and accelerations, pressure field, particle paths, wave energy, energy flux and group velocity.
  • Description of waves in shallow water, i.e. shoaling, refraction, diffraction and wave breaking.
  • Statistical description of waves in time and frequency domain.


Students who complete the module:

  • Must be able to describe assumptions and limitations of mathematical models for different types of flows.
  • Must be able to apply analytical and semi-empirical methods for mathematical description of fluid dynamic problems.
  • Must be able to calculate of kinematics and dynamics of regular linear waves on deep and shallow water.
  • Must be able to analyse irregular waves in time and frequency domain.


Students who complete the module:

  • Must be able to apply proper terminology in oral, written and graphical communication and documentation within fluid and water wave dynamics.

Type of instruction

Lectures, etc. supplemented with project work, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examFluid and Water Wave Dynamics
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Individual oral or written exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleStrømningslære og bølgehydraulik
Module codeB-BK-K1A-5
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Structural and Civil Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science