units

MAE5406

Faculty of Engineering

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Engineering

Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Coordinator(s)

M Thompson/P Ranganathan

Offered

Not offered in 2016

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

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.

Assessment

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

Workload requirements

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

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