Postgraduate taught 

Aerospace Engineering MSc

Turbulent Flows 5 ENG5280

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

In this course the basic theory of turbulence is introduced and discussed in the context of free shear and wall-bounded flows. Different computational methods for the modelling and numerical simulation of turbulent flows are presented and illustrated by practical examples.


2 lectures per week

Excluded Courses





80% Written Exam

20% Report

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to give a solid grounding in the physics of turbulence and experience of different approaches to the modelling and numerical simulation of turbulent flows.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ outline the general features of turbulent flows;

■ describe statistical methods for the characterisation of turbulent flows;

■ distinguish between different classes of turbulent flows;

■ summarise the phenomenological description of turbulence by Richardson and Kolmogorov, and recognise its benefits and limitations;

■ explain different approaches to the modelling and numerical simulation of turbulent flows;

■ evaluate results from commercial fluid dynamics packages for turbulent flows.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.