Fluid Physics

Courses descriptions, Specialization
in Fluid Physics

If you opt for the Fluid Physics specialization in the Master’s programme in Applied Physics, you will take two required general track courses. In addition, you will take two specific track courses, depending on the research group where you wish to complete your graduation assignment. You will also take some compulsory chair courses, again depending on the research group for your graduation assignment. The various research groups also offer a number of elective courses for you to choose from.

General track courses

During the general courses in Advanced Fluid Mechanics and Capillarity Phenomena you will learn more about the classical research field of fluid physics and about capillarity phenomena.

Specific track courses

You can either choose to take the Physics of Fluids research group’s courses, which are Experimental techniques in Physics of Fluids and Numerical Techniques for Partial Differential Equations, or the Physics of Complex Fluids and NanoIonics research groups’ courses, which are Nano-fluidics and Soft and Biological Matter. Below you will find a short description of these four courses.

  • Experimental techniques in physics of fluids: In this course you will become acquainted with different standard and modern techniques for flow measurements. The lectures are devoted to discussing the principles and specific advantages and limitations of the techniques.
  • Numerical techniques for partial differential equations: This course concerns the numerical discretization of partial differential equations and their associated implementation and testing in realistic exercises.
  • Nano-fluidics: Following an introduction to nano-fluidics, this course deals with a range of different topics such as liquid structures near solid-liquid interfaces, hydrodynamic boundary conditions and electrokinetic effects.
  • Soft and biological matter: The objective of the course is to understand the physics underlying the functioning of biological systems, with a particular emphasis on the molecular scale. Relevant biological concepts will be introduced as needed, but this does not represent the core of the course.

Courses offered by the various research groups

You will also take different courses depending on the research group where you will be doing your graduation assignment. Each research group has some required courses and some recommended courses. Below you will find a brief overview of these courses.

Physics of Fluids group

In the Physics of Fluids research group, the following courses are required:

  • Physics of Bubbles: learn all about the physics of single bubbles and the behaviour of multiple bubbles and bubble clouds;
  • Fluids and Elasticity: discover the basic principles of elasticity theory, viewed from a fluid mechanical perspective;
  • Granular Matter: get an introductory overview of granular engineering and science, by combining elements from granular physics and particle technology;
  • Turbulence: discover the ins and outs of turbulent flows.

In addition to the required courses, there are also recommended courses:

  • Theory of Complex Functions: learn more about complex functions;
  • Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics: find out how to solve flow problems using computational fluid dynamics;
  • Nonlinear Dynamics: familiarize yourself with nonlinear dynamic systems;
  • Medical acoustics: gain insight into the medical application of ultrasound;
  • Soft and biological matter: explore the physics underlying the functioning of biological systems, with a particular emphasis on the molecular scale;
  • Nano-fluidics: explore a range of different topics, such as liquid structures near solid-liquid interfaces, hydrodynamic boundary conditions and electro kinetic effects;
  • Capita Selecta Course: in this course, you will deal with chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

Physics of Complex Fluids

The Physics of Complex Fluids research group’s required courses are Colloids and Interfaces, where you will learn more about boundaries and surfaces between different phases (gas, fluids, solid). You will also be required to take a Capita Selecta Course, which is used for chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

The group’s recommended courses are

  • Biophysical techniques and molecular imaging, in which a selection of advanced micro-spectroscopic techniques for molecular and cellular studies will be introduced; and
  • Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics, where you learn more about solving flow problems using Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Nanoionics

The Nanoionics research group’s required courses are Ions and Devices and a Capita Selecta Course, which is used for chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

The recommended course is Colloids and Interfaces, where you learn more about boundaries and surfaces between different phases (gas, fluids, solid).

Research Groups

Would you like to know more about the various research groups? Check out our website to learn about the research being conducted at the University of Twente.

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