Introduction to CFD Analysis: Theory and Applications

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


Duration:2 days
Delivery:Onsite Classroom
Public Classroom
Tutor(s):Uwe Janoske
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Get the correct guidance on how to understand CFD methods and techniques

This 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.

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

Course Program

Part 1

  • 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

Part 2

  • 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

Who Should Attend?

Practising engineers who wish to understand CFD methods and learn how to apply CFD techniques to their particular problems in the most effective manner.

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


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PSE Competencies addressed by this training course

IDCompetence Statement
Fundamentals of Fluid Flow, Mass & Heat Transfer
FHFMTkn3List the three modes of Heat Transfer
FHFMTkn4State Fourier's law and Newton's law of cooling
FHFMTkn6Define the terms thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity
FHFMTkn10Define the terms thermal diffusivity.
FHFMTkn12Define the term heat transfer coefficient
FHFMTkn13Define the terms natural and forced convection
FHFMTkn16Define the Reynolds, Grashof, Prandtl and Nusselt numbers
FHFMTkn29Define the term viscosity and list the values for some common fluids
FHFMTkn30Sketch how the viscosity of some common fluids change with temperature.
FHFMTkn31Define the terms Newtonian and non Newtonian fluid and sketch the viscosity-shear
strain curves for each fluid type
FHFMTkn32Define the terms Mach Number and critical flow
FHFMTkn33Define the terms compressible and incompressible fluid and the range of Mach numbers
which apply
FHFMTkn35Define the terms Reynolds Numbers
FHFMTkn36Define the term boundary Layer and sketch the boundary layer development on a flat
plate for laminar and turbulent conditions.
FHFMTkn37Define the terms laminar and turbulent and the Reynolds number ranges for which they
appear for a flow in a pipe and along a flat plate.
FHFMTkn38State the Bernoulli Equation
FHFMTkn42Define the terms stagnation or total and static pressure and state their
relationship to each other
FHFMTkn43Sketch the qualitative changes in overall flow pattern, boundary layer growth and
velocity and pressure distributions for the flow over a curved surface that
result from an increasing approach velocity
FHFMTco1Explain the role of thermal conductivity in the transfer of heat by conduction and
its affect on spatial temperature distributions