Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 09.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Ville Vuorinen

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

- CFD software: ability to setup a case, flow equations, boundary conditions, grid generation, initial conditions, solver settings 

- CFD software and 2d flows: ability to simulate low Reynolds number flows, boundary layers, von Karman vortices, flow separation

- Quantitative analysis: ability to compare simulation results with reference data

- Matlab: ability to solve linear equations in 1d, ability to modify a 2d Navier-Stokes code and to implement a discretization scheme

- Discretization and error: ability to understand and investigate influence of discretization error on solution.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course offers a first systematic walk through to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in the leading open source CFD software environment OpenFOAM. While practical simulation experience is gained in OpenFOAM, theory will be put to practice as well in the Matlab environment. The student learns basics of discretization, grid generation, simulation case set up, and linear solvers. During the course the student learns to work with the Navier-Stokes equations and to compare simulation data with reference solutions in laminar flow regime. Also, a variety of dynamic flow phenomena involving vortex interactions will be covered including flow over a cylinder,  and free shear flow.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Altogether six computer assignments. No exam.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 24 h

Exercises 24 h,

Independent work 85 h,

= 133 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course slides and material delivered through MyCourses. Hirsch, Numerical Computation of Internal & External Flows, 2nd edition (2007)

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Ene-39.4054  Virtaussimulointi L

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

MEC-E1020 Fluid dynamics

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


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