Thermo and Fluid Dynamics

The graduate school is organised within the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences.

Director of Graduate Studies: Srdjan Sasic



(approved by the Pro-Vice-President on 17 May 2005. Ref. nr. C2005/604)
(revised 15 October 2007)
(revised 27 September 2013)

1 Description of the Discipline and Educational Objectives

The basis of the programme is thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, both theoretical aspects like turbulence modelling and multiphase flow and technical applications like heat transfer, turbomachinery and internal combustion engines. The aim of the graduate programme is to give good knowledge of fluid flow, turbulence and heat transfer and their applications both through the use of numerical and experimental methods.

2 Entrance Requirements

The applicant is required to hold a Master’s degree in engineering with at least 240 credits relevant to the postgraduate programme. Applicants who within Sweden or abroad has acquired equivalent qualifications may also be admitted.

3 Programme organization

An examiner, an advisor and at least one co-advisor are assigned to the student. The examiner is one of the professors of the department and can be identical with the advisor or co-advisor.
The Ph.D. student together with the examiner develops an individual plan for the studies. The programme consists of a number of courses and research work. A plan for the research work should be formulated upon the student’s admission to the programme. The research work should be presented at regular intervals at seminars or conferences. The student should be involved in the undergraduate education programme.
The student must be enrolled in the graduate school in Thermo and Fluid Dynamics but can also belong to an additional graduate school within Chalmers or nationally organized.

4 Special Tracks

No special tracks.

5 Courses

For a PhD exam courses corresponding to 67,5 credits (hp) are required, for the licentiate exam 52,5 credits. Relevant courses from undergraduate education may be credited in the graduate programme. A maximum of 30 credits in the graduate program may be obtained before the PhD studies commenced. This applies to students that their adoption at least 270 credits from their undergraduate studies. Graduate students adopted with 240 credits may not use any credits from undergraduate studies, and between 240 and 270 credit level applies a gradual transition. Within this framework, however, the examiner determines how many and which undergraduate credit that may be counted.
Doctoral students admitted after 1 September 2012 are required to take 15 hp from the area of Generic and Transferable Skills. Of these, 9 hp are mandatory for the licentiate degree. For the PhD degree another 6 hp are mandatory.

5.1 Compulsory courses

The following courses are required for a licentiate degree:
  • General introduction for doctoral students, (0 hp)
  • Introductory course at the department (1.5 hp)
  • Teaching, learning and evaluation (3 hp), GTS course
  • Research ethics and sustainable development (3 hp), GTS course, or
  • Sustainable Development: values, technology in society, and the researcher (3 hp), GTS course
  • Career Planning – Your Personal Leadership (1.5 hp), GTS course
For PhD students that also belong to an additional graduate school other course may be compulsory.

5.2 Elective courses

At the department a number of PhD courses are offered (course responsible given in parentheses):
  • Aero acoustics (7,5 hp, Professor Lars-Erik Eriksson)
  • Multiphase flow (7,5 hp, Associate Professor Srdjan Sasic)
  • CFD with OpenSource software (7,5 hp, Professor Håkan Nilsson)
  • Direct injected gasoline engines (5 hp, Associate Professor Petter Dahlander)
  • Modelling of spray formation, ignition and combustion (5 hp, Professor Michael Oevermann)
  • Turbulent reacting flows (7,5 hp, Professor Michael Oevermann)
  • Optical measurement techniques (7,5 hp, Professor Mark Linne)
  • Implementation of a finite volume solver for two-dimensional laminar flow (7,5 hp, Professor Lars Davidsson)
The courses to be included in the graduate program are compiled by graduate students in consultation with the examiner.

6 Dissertation

6.1 The thesis of Licentiate

The thesis should be written in English and should correspond to 67.5 credits. It should be written in English. The content must be of such quality that is expected if it is to be published in international journals with peer-assessment.

6.2 The PhD thesis

The thesis should be written in English and should correspond to 172.5 credits. The thesis is normally written as a compilation thesis, and the goal shall be that at least two of the papers in the thesis will be published in peer reviewed scientific journals.

7 Requirements for Degrees

7.1 The Licentiate Degree

The Licentiate degree requires a total of 120 credits, of which shall include 52.5 course credits including the mandatory courses (see Item 5 above).

7.2 The PhD Degree

The PhD degree requires a total of 240 credits, of which shall include 67.5 course credits including the mandatory courses (see Item 5 above). Information of the Dissertation can be found at Chalmers web page.

8 Supervision

All professors at the department can act as examiners. All PhD students must have a supervisor and a co-supervisor. A supervisor must be professor or associate professor. A co-supervisor employed at Chalmers must hold a PhD degree. A co-supervisor in industry should have an equivalent qualification.
Otherwise refer to the general instructions on the home page for graduate studies and theses.

Published: Wed 17 Jun 2020.