Catalogue 2019 - 2020

ME 651 Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics


3 cr.


ME 304, ME 316, and graduate standing.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the use of commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes to analyze flow and heat transfer in problems of practical engineering interest. The course includes an introduction to the conservation equations of fluid dynamics and simple finite difference and finite volume models of one and two dimensional flows. These simple equations are used to demonstrate important features of more complex flows and to give the student an appreciation for the parameters that limit the accuracy of CFD solutions. The bulk of the course aims at using FLUENT which is a commercial CFD code, to solve engineering problems. Students learn the steps involved in performing a CFD simulations, i.e., generating a model, creating a grid, applying appropriate boundary conditions, specifying solution parameters, getting a solution, and post-processing the results for visualization. A brief introduction to turbulence modeling is also included. Students will then practice using FLUENT through solving practical flow problems such as pipe flow, jet flow, and flow over wings. The method of assessing students includes homework, quizzes, a midterm exam, design project report, and a final exam.