Computational Fluid Dynamics Fundamentals Course

Fundamentals and First Principles

An introduction to the fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) that are used to solve complex fluid dynamics problems (weather prediction, aircraft flight, turbomachinery) by researchers, scientists and engineers around the world. The course starts from first principles and you will rapidly develop your first CFD solution using the Excel sheets and Python source code provided. By the end of the course, you will understand the importance of upwind differencing, Peclet number and mesh resolution. No prior experience is required and no specific CFD code/coding experience is required! You do not need ANSYS Fluent, OpenFOAM, Star CCM or any other CFD to use this course.

What you’ll learn

• The fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) that are used by engineers, scientists and researchers.
• How to set up and solve your first CFD solution from first principles (using Excel, Python or MATLAB).
• The importance of central differencing, upwind differencing and Peclet number.
• A common framework to solve any scalar transport equation in CFD.

Course Content

• Welcome and how to use this course –> 2 lectures • 7min.
• Introduction to Transport Equations –> 1 lecture • 31min.
• The Diffusion Equation –> 1 lecture • 42min.
• The Convection-Diffusion Equation –> 1 lecture • 30min.
• Upwind Differencing –> 1 lecture • 36min.
• CFD Fundamentals Quiz –> 0 lectures • 0min.

Requirements

• Basic vector calculus (dot product, gradient, cross product).
• Basic differential equations.
• Basic linear algebra (matrices).
• Microsoft Excel, Python or MATLAB.

An introduction to the fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) that are used to solve complex fluid dynamics problems (weather prediction, aircraft flight, turbomachinery) by researchers, scientists and engineers around the world. The course starts from first principles and you will rapidly develop your first CFD solution using the Excel sheets and Python source code provided. By the end of the course, you will understand the importance of upwind differencing, Peclet number and mesh resolution. No prior experience is required and no specific CFD code/coding experience is required! You do not need ANSYS Fluent, OpenFOAM, Star CCM or any other CFD to use this course.