Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer

Course #ME4225


This course presents numerical solution of sets, of partial differential equations, that describe fluid flow and heat transfer. The governing equations for fluid dynamics are reviewed and turbulence modeling is introduced. Discretization techniques are applied to selected model equations and numerical methods are developed for inviscid and viscous, compressible and incompressible flows. Individual term projects include application of CFD to thesis research and to current military problems.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 571


  • ME3201
  • ME3450

Learning Outcomes

The course will progress along roughly two parallel paths. On the one hand, students will first briefly go over the underlying governing equations of fluid flow, followed by a detailed development of the finite volume methods and their application to these equations. Time marching techniques will be covered in attempt to compute compressible flow with the presence of shock waves. And on the other hand, they will also simultaneously get hands-on experience in the computer lab by working with a typical commercially available CFD package. One of the goals of the course is to synthesize these two approaches.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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