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ME40054: Computational fluid dynamics

Credits: 6
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Period: Semester 1
Assessment: CW 50%, EX 50%
Supplementary Assessment: ME40054 Re-assessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take ME30031
Description: Aims:
To introduce the full Navier-Stokes equations and give the physical significance of each term in the equations.
To introduce the student to CFD techniques appropriate for practical engineering applications (the finite-volume method).
To introduce the student to the use of commercial CFD packages, the importance of validation and the need for caution in applying the underlying models for turbulent flow.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Use CFD codes to compute 3D flows and understand the physical significance of the solutions.
* Compute rates of heat transfer and shear stress.
* Set up viscous fluid flow and heat transfer problems using a commercial code (with regular and possibly body-fitted grids), and extract features of the computed solutions for interpretation and validation.

Skills:
Problem solving; IT; numeracy; working independently; written communication.

Content:
LAMINAR FLOW: Navier-Stokes equations and energy equations; physical significance of the terms. Discretisation and solution of the non-linear equations using the finite-volume method. Pressure-velocity coupling. Alternative mesh structures.
TURBULENT FLOW: Introduction to computational models of turbulence. Application to the computation of developing boundary layers and recirculating flows. Other methods of simulation and limitations of the current generation of turbulence models.
Programme availability:

ME40054 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
• TSMA-AFM08 : MSc Modern Applications of Mathematics (Full-time) - Year 1
• TSMA-AFL02 : PG Dip Modern Applications of Mathematics (Full-time) - Year 1
Department of Mechanical Engineering
• UEME-AFM04 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM04 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM05 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with French (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM05 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with French (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM06 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with German (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM06 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with German (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM01 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM01 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM02 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering with French (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM02 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering with French (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM03 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering with German (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM03 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering with German (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM16 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM16 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM41 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM41 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM42 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design, Innovation and French (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM42 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design, Innovation and French (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM43 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design, Innovation and German (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM43 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design, Innovation and German (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM17 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with French (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM17 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with French (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM18 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with German (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM18 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with German (Thick Sandwich) - Year 5
• TEME-AFM14 : MSc Engineering Dynamics and Control (Full-time) - Year 1

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.