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Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis (CFD):
Theory and Applications

Two Day Course 

Offered both in the UK (English language) and Germany (German language)

NAFEMS, the only independent not-for-profit organisation with the aim of promoting the effective and reliable use of CFD, addresses this requirement by providing this two day example driven, practical course.  The course offers excellent guidance on how to judge which numerical approximations are acceptable and appropriate for solving a wide range of practical problems.  Of equal importance is the manner in which results are interpreted.  Advice is provided which allows the correct decisions to be taken, based on results which are known to be reliable.  Interaction is encouraged throughout the course, with the planning and design of a complete CFD project and examples of simple hand calculations, mesh designs and solution designs being set for the class to complete.  The course is completely code independent.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at practising engineers who wish to understand CFD methods and learn how to apply CFD techniques to their particular problems in the most effective manner.  All aspects of successful Computational Fluid Dynamics application are covered, including:

  • The Finite Volume Method
  • The computational mesh
  • Turbulence
  • Sources of error
  • Interpretation of results
  • Validation

Attendees should have a graduate engineering background including some knowledge of fluid dynamics and engineering mathematics

The material that is presented is independent of any particular software package, making it ideally suited to current and potential users of all commercial finite volume method CFD software systems.  Anyone who wishes to use CFD in an industrial context would benefit from this course and it is a must for engineers who wish to use advanced CFD as an effective predictive tool for industrial flow analysis.

The course is open to both members and non-members of NAFEMS.

Topics Covered


  • Introduction
    • Examples of CFD Simulations / Advantages and Disadvantages of CFD
  • Basics of Fluid Mechanics
    • Basic Equations of Fluid Mechanics (Continuity, Momentum and Energy Equations) 

  • Introduction to Numerical Methods
    • Mathematical Background
    • Finite Volume Method
    • Spatial Discretization
    • Temporal Discretization
    • Solution of the Navier-Stokes Equations (Pressure Correction)
    • Grid Generation
    • Solution of Systems of Linear Equations 

  • Special flows
    • Turbulent Flows
    • Multiphase Flows


  • From Reality to the Simulation Model
    • What to do Before Starting a Simulation
    • Assumptions? Why? Effect of Assumptions?
    • Boundary Conditions? Which?
    • Grid Generation? How?
    • Examples

  • Quality of CFD Simulations
    • Checking of CFD Results
    • Interpretation of CFD Results
    • Improvements / What to do? 

  • Summary and Perspectives
    • Outlook, Trends in Simulation Methods
    • Optimization
    • Coupled Simulations


  • Die Kurse sind auch als Inhouse-Kurse buchbar.

Course Tutor


Gangolf Kohnenhas over 25 years of combined teaching, research and industrial experience in CAE applications with a focus on CFD. Gangolf Kohnen is head of the department of Mechanical Engineering - Virtual Engineering at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach.

Seminarorganisation / Kontakt

Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz GmbH
Griesstraße 20
85567 Grafing b. München, Germany
Tel. +49 176 217 984 01
Fax +49 3 22 11 08 99 13 41