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Introduction to Practical Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

3-session e-Learning Course  




March 22nd - April 5th, 2017

06:00 PDT /  09:00 EDT / 14:00 BST / 15:00 CEST

Three-Week Online Training Course - One 2.5 hour session / week 

Engineering Board PDH Credits: 7.5 hours*



Note: Once you register for the course using the "order" button (look right), you will receive your invoice, and the day before the course starts, an email invite to the class discussion board. Please note that no 'physical' goods will be mailed to you.

Please click here to view the FAQ section, or if you need to contact NAFEMS about this course.


Course Overview

Computational Fluid Dynamics

This course offers the attendees the fundamental knowledge for using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in real life engineering applications and complex flow problems through a simple and moderately technical approach. This course describes the steps in the Computational Fluid Dynamics process and provides benefits and issues for using CFD analysis in understanding of complicated flow phenomena and its use in the design process. Best practices for reducing errors and uncertainties in Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis are also presented in the course.

This newly revamped course is now more focused on practical application of CFD including new examples and alternative approaches. This course aims to provide the attendees the fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics prior to embarking on any real Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation project or undergoing vendors’ software training.

The target audience for this course is engineers and managers with limited CFD knowledge who are interested or considering to incorporate Computational Fluid Dynamics in their design practices. Additionally, engineers supporting or being supported by Computational Fluid Dynamics analysts can benefit from this course.

The course is completely code independent.

  • A full set of notes in PDF format will be available for download. Each session is presented live and is available for review via a streamable recording.

  • Personal passwords are provided to allow you to access e-learning backup material via our special bulletin board. Reading lists, homework submissions, supplementary data are all stored as files on the bulletin board.

  • Interaction via the bulletin board is strongly encouraged to obtain the most from the e-learning class. Typically the board runs for 4 weeks after the last live class sessions, giving you plenty of time to catch up with homework, review and ask questions.

Note: homework is purely voluntary!


Course Process and Details 

This course offers the attendees the fundamental knowledge for using CFD in real life engineering applications. Through a simple and moderately technical approach, this course describes the steps in the CFD process and provides benefits and issues for using Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis in understanding of complicated flow phenomena and its use in the design process.

Best practices for reducing errors and uncertainties in Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis are also presented in the course. Many of the governing equations will be presented for illustration purposes and they would be dealt in depth in this course. 

  • Strong effort is made for the course to be Computational Fluid Dynamics software neutral. However, examples from some of the more well known and popular software will be used throughout the sessions. 

  • Interaction is encouraged throughout the course. Students are welcome to send in problems from industry and these will be discussed as time permits.

  • Full notes are provided for the students, together with personal passwords for e-learning backup material, bulletin board access, etc.

Students will join the audio portion of the meetings by utilizing the VoIP (i.e. headset connected to the computer via headphone and microphone jacks) or by calling into a standard toll line. If you are interested in additional pricing to call-in using a toll-free line, please send an email to: e-learning @ nafems.org .


Who Should Attend?

Engineers and managers with limited Computational Fluid Dynamics knowledge who are interested or considering to incorporate Computational Fluid Dynamics in their design practices. 

The material that is presented is independent of any particular software package, making it ideally suited to current and potential users of all commercial and non-commercial CFD software systems.

E-learning classes are ideal for companies with a group of engineers requiring training. E-learning classes can be provided to suit your needs and timescale. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Course Program

Note:This is a three-week course. Each session represents one 2.5-hour session each week.

Session 1 
Computational Fluid Dynamics: Definition, Role, & Basic Formulation

  • Definitions
  • CFD Process
  • Overcoming Challenges with CFD
  • Use and role in industry
  • Using CFD as a tool
  • The Basics of Formulations
  • Strategy
  • Approximation & Order of Accuracy
  • Explicit vs. Implicit
  • Differencing:
    • Finite Difference
    • Finite Volume
    • Finite Elements
  • Governing Principles: 
    • Governing laws
    • Assumptions
    • Simplification and model equations

Session 2
Governing Equations

  • Non-dimensionalization Flow Classification
  • Major Formulations
  • Turbulence:
    • Understanding Turbulence
    • DNS & LES, RANS
    • Turbulence Modeling
  • Heat Transfer: 
    • Convection (Forced & Natural)
    • Thermal Boundary Layer
    • Conjugate Heat Transfer
    • Conduction & Radiation 

Session 3
Computational Fluid Dynamics Process

  • CFD Process
    • Geometry
    • Meshing
    • Setup
    • Boundary Conditions 
    • Solving & Monitoring
    • Visualization 
  • Numerical Solutions Accuracy
  • CFD Best Practices
  • CFD Trends



Special Note(s):

Telephony surcharges may apply for attendees who are located outside of North America, South America and Europe. These surcharges are related to individuals who join the audio portion of the web-meeting by calling in to the provided toll/toll-free teleconferencing lines. We have made a VoIP option available so anyone attending the class can join using a headset (headphones) connected to the computer. There is no associated surcharge to utilize the VoIP option, and is actually encouraged to ensure NAFEMS is able to keep the e-Learning course fees as low as possible. Please send an email to the e-Learning coordinator (e-learning @ nafems.org ) to determine if these surcharges may apply to your specific case. 

Just as with a live face-to-face training course, each registration only covers one person. If you plan to register a large group (10+), please send an email to e-learning @ nafems.org in advance for group discounts.

For NAFEMS cancellation and transfer policy, click here

Purchasing Details

Members Price
£220 | $275 | €255


Non-Members Price
£332 | $415 | €385
Order Ref: el-194
Event Type: Course
Location: e-Learning Online
Date: March 22, 2017



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Course Tutor:
Kamran Fouladi

Kamran Fouladi - NAFEMS Tutor







Read Kamran Fouladi's bio on the NAFEMS Tutors Page


Session 1:
Wednesday, March 22nd 

Session 2:
Wednesday, March 29th

Session 3:
Wednesday, April 5th



Engineering Board PDH Credits

*It is your individual responsibility to check whether these e-learning courses satisfy the criteria set-out by your state engineering board. NAFEMS does not guarantee that your individual board will accept these courses for PDH credit, but we believe that the courses comply with regulations in most US states (except Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, and New York, where providors are required to be pre-approved).