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MAE5406 - Computational fluid mechanics

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader: M Thompson


Not offered in 2007


This unit examines the theoretical foundations of the numerical methods used for modelling fluid flows. In particular, the finite-volume and finite-difference methods will be explored, as well as approaches to solve both time-dependent and steady state problems. The project work will mainly focus on using commercial computational fluid dynamics software to model relevant flows, and relating the results back to the theoretical work. Both incompressible and compressible flows will be considered. Some project work will examine modeling flows past airfoils, and another aerospace application.


Development of an understanding of the main methods used for computational fluid dynamics: finite-differences, the finite-volume method, methods for elliptic equations, time-stepping methods, and grid generation and optimization. The unit develops expertise in flow modeling using commercial software, an understanding the capabilities and limitations of the flow modeling and the treatment of turbulence.


Assignments and computer-based activities: 30%
Examination (3 hours) 70%

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures, 2 hours of practical classes and 7 hours of private study per week