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Semester 1 - Online
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Within this subject you will learn how to use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to solve practical industrial and research related fluid flow and heat/mass transfer problems. The major assessment within this subject is a capstone project, requiring a CFD treatment of a major piece of equipment related to your degree discipline area. This project may be industry or research based. Learning is supported by a number of structured group-based workshops completed throughout the semester, requiring completion of associated on-line quizzes. This subject may be completed entirely online. Guest lectures from academia and industry will share insights into how they use CFD in their research/workplace.
The content of this subject is split between two related modules:
1) Fundamentals of CFD: Within this module we will cover the mathematical basis of modern CFD methods, using MATLAB as a programming tool to demonstrate specific fundamental concepts. Specific topics include overview, conservation laws, advection-diffusion equations, differencing schemes, finite volume method, stability analysis, error analysis, boundary conditions and solution algorithms for solving Navier-Stokes equations.
2) Applications of CFD: This module will be based around the industry-relevant CFD package ANSYS Fluent. Specific topics include: How to run a basic simulation, meshing, laminar 2D and 3D flows, boundary conditions, discretisation methods, visualisation, turbulence, disperse multiphase flows, free-surface multiphase flows, coupled heat and mass transfer, chemical reactions, use of CFD in industry and research.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Formulate strategies for the solution of engineering problems by applying the differential equations governing fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transport
- Solve these equations numerically by writing simple computer programs
- Choose optimal mathematical and numerical methods from currently available technology to solve a physical CFD problem
- Solve engineering problems using a current computational fluid dynamics software package
- Evaluate the numerical errors inherent in a problem solution
- Distil and communicate key aspects of complex processes so that it is accessible to end-users.
- In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
- Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
- Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.
Last updated: 11 February 2021