MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Each module contains 3 ECTS. You choose a total of 10 modules/30 ECTS in the following module categories: 

  • 12-15 ECTS in technical scientific modules (TSM)
    TSM modules teach profile-specific specialist skills and supplement the decentralised specialisation modules.
  • 9-12 ECTS in fundamental theoretical principles modules (FTP)
    FTP modules deal with theoretical fundamentals such as higher mathematics, physics, information theory, chemistry, etc. They will teach more detailed, abstract scientific knowledge and help you to bridge the gap between abstraction and application that is so important for innovation.
  • 6-9 ECTS in context modules (CM)
    CM modules will impart additional skills in areas such as technology management, business administration, communication, project management, patent law, contract law, etc.

In the module description (download pdf) you find the entire language information per module divided into the following categories:

  • instruction
  • documentation
  • examination 
Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (TSM_FMechHeat)

At the beginning of the course, we will give the students an insight on the basics of fluid dynamics and heat transfer. 

Subsequently, the course will focus on more complex thermal and fluid phenomena occuring in mechanical engineering applications.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of the course are the following:

  • To give students a solid knowledge of fluid mechanics and thermal phenomena in order to be able to develop a critical approach with respect to complex mechanical and energetic  systems
  • To train students at the development of fluid and energetic systems
  • To enable students to understand, analyse and realise complex thermal and fluid systems


Contents of Module

  • Navier-Stokes and Bernoulli equations: Starting from mass, energy and momentum conservation laws, the basic fluid mechanics equations are presented
  • Vaschy-Buckingham theorem: Different applications will be presented, with the aim of introducing fundamental adimensional numbers (Reynolds, Strouhal, Mach number, etc.) for basic phenomena in both gas and liquid phases (e.g. tip speed ratio for wind mills, pressure drops in pipes, hydraulic machines)
  • Basic fluid phenomena
    • Turbulent and laminar flows
    • Wall flows (boundary layers and duct flows); head losses (generalization of Bernoulli theorem)
    • Flow-induced forces (lift, drag and moments) for different geometries (wing profiles and 3D wings; blunt bodies)
    • Laminar or turbulent separation
  • Basic thermal phenomena
    • Conduction, convection and radiation
    • Heat exchange (Nusselt, Reynolds and Prandtl correlations)
  • Heat exchangers (performance evaluations, geometries) 
  • Basics of fluid and thermal systems simulations (e.g. heat exchangers and simple heating networks)
  • Advanced phenomenological analysis
    • Unsteady phenomena
    • Compressible flows

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