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Course Overview

The course aims to provide understanding of main principles and techniques underpinning computational fluid dynamics (CFD) combining numerical methods with practical experience using appropriate software. The course develops a foundation for understanding, developing and analysing successful simulations of fluid flows applicable to a broad range of applications.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Jacobus Derksen

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  • MSc Process Safety

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Course Description

The course will provide insight into physical phenomena in environmental and industrial fluid flows via numerical simulations. Whist this motivates the use of computational technologies, even advanced CFD software may lead to incorrect predictions of fluid flow behaviour if used without sufficient understanding of the underlying algorithms and methods. This course introduces students to computational methods for solving distinct type of partial differential equations (PDE) that arise in fluid dynamic studies.

This course will involve fundamentals of numerical analysis of PDE, introduction to computational linear algebra, discretisation techniques and numerical schemes to solve time-dependent PDE problems, error control and stability analysis, mesh-generation methods and turbulence models. Hands-on sessions with industry standard software are used to develop CFD skills.

Summative Assessments

lab report (10%)

lab report (10%)

lab report (30%)

online open book exam (50%)

Additionally note that students are required to obtain a passing mark for each of the weighted average of the lab reports and the online open book exam. In the event a student passes one and not the other, the mark returned will be capped at CGS 8.00.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateAssess the applicability of a particular model/method and its limitations
ProceduralUnderstandCFD workflow procedures including mesh generation, numerical discretisation schemes and solver methods, assignment ofappropriate initial and boundary conditions, preandpostprocessingdata.
ProceduralUnderstandFundamental computational fluid dynamics and applications?• Finite difference and finite volume discretisation of PDE's and how numerical techniques are applied to flow equations?
ReflectionCreate• Select appropriate set of numerical methods and discretisation schemes for a particular fluid flow application?• Recognise terminologies used by CFD practitioners

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