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ES440 - Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Module code: ES440
  • Module name: Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of this module is to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of important numerical techniques in computational fluid dynamics and to establish a critical view on the use of CFD as part of the design process. This module offers an increased depth and range of specialist knowledge in computational fluid dynamics required by IMechE.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module a student will be able to:

  • Evaluate and interpret advanced numerical algorithms used in current commercial CFD programs.
  • Discriminate and interpret the effects of algorithm assumptions on solution speed and accuracy, and so demonstrate a solid understanding of the capabilities and limitations of CFD in engineering design process.
  • Critique developing technologies being used to solve problems in greater detail.
  • Apply numerical PDE (partial differential equation) theories to fluid problems and in so doing demonstrate a practical ability to validate solutions.
  • Use a commercial CFD software (such as STAR-CCM+) to interpret and solve complex problems in fluid engineering and to optimise design parameters.

Apply practical computational techniques and hand calculations in the analysis of CFD results and show how the information generation may be applied to the design process.