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Advanced Fluid Dynamics

Module Aims

  • All Engineers require a sound understanding of fluid mechanics. Issues involving aspects of fluid mechanics are involved in the vast majority of engineering problems.
  • This module introduces the elementary principles and concepts and the fundamental theoretical and applied tools required for solving typical problems in engineering sciences.
  • The course is designed to introduce engineering students to the fundamental concepts, techniques, methods, and algorithms used in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
  • At the end of the course students should have an understanding of how broad physical principles (conservation of mass, momentum, energy) determine fluid behaviour and lead to mathematical descriptions of key features.
  • They will use CFD packages to solve problems motivated by complex engineering applications, learn how to represent geometry, mesh fluid volumes, and select appropriate models for governing physics.

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

  • Understand the fundamentals of fluid dynamics.
  • Identify the importance and role of fluid dynamics within the engineering profession.
  • Understand ordinary differential equations, and be familiar with basic aspects of partial differential equations.
  • Explain the basic principles of computational methods applied to solving fluid dynamics.
  • Analyse and implement basic numerical schemes for solving partial differential equations, particularly those of interest in fluid flow and transport applications.
  • Solve complex fluid flow problems using a commercial CFD package.
  • Select appropriate models (physics) and numerical parameters (mesh size, time-step, etc.) when solving a fluid dynamics problem.