Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


- 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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 16.01.2023 - 04.04.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ville Vuorinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Altogether six computer assignments. No exam.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 24 h

    Exercises 24 h,

    Independent work 6 h,

    = 134 h


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Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the course via Sisu (