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

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or EG4013 Meng Individual Project (Passed)
  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

1 three-hour written examination paper (40%) and continuous assessment (60%).

The continuous assessment (CA) will consist of 2 components:
• Problem solving programming exercise (20%);
• Individual reports on assigned Engineering problem involving CFD simulation (40%).

Students are required to pass both the examination and the continuous assessment in order to pass the course. A fail in the exam will not be condoned by a pass in other elements of assessment. In the case of a fail in any element of assessment the overall course grade will be limited to E1.



A three-hour resit paper will be provided for candidates who fail the course at the first attempt.

• Candidates who fail the written examination at the first attempt will be required to pass the resit examination;
• Candidates who pass the examination at the first attempt but fail to pass the CA elements will be required to pass the resit of the failed CA component(s);

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


• Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the weekly tutorial/feedback sessions;
• Students are given feedback through formal marking and return of practical reports;
• Students requesting feedback on their exam performance should make an appointment within 2 weeks of the publication of the exam results.

Course Learning Outcomes


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