Jun 03, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 4806 - Computational Fluid Dynamics

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course builds a fundamental understanding of the underlying partial differential equations for fluid flow and provides experience with the numerical tools available for solving fluid flow problems. Commercial software will be employed for certain flow problems. (prereq: ME 3104 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the governing equations of fluid mechanics
  • Understand the mathematical properties of the governing equations and be able to evaluate boundary/initial value problems
  • Demonstrate a systematic approach to solving the appropriate governing equations using CFD
  • Qualitatively analyze numerical results and provide appropriate data plotting
  • Recognize strengths and limitations of CFD techniques
  • Understand the differences between different CFD turbulence models
  • Exercise simulation capability with commercial software

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Numerical methods

Course Topics
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Numerical methods
  • Vorticity-streamfunction
  • RANs turbulence modeling
  • Finite volume analysis
  • Post processing
  • Simulation with commercial software

Laboratory Topics
  • Simulation with commercial CFD software, e.g. ANSYS Fluent
  • Simulation of cavity flow: vorticity/steam function
  • Flow around bluff bodies: turbulence and flow separation
  • Post processing

Dr. Nathan Patterson

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