MECH 7001 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301023

Coordinator Ming Zhao Opens in new window

Description This unit introduces students to commonly used numerical methods used in computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The unit covers the theory and the application of CFD for solving engineering problems. The numerical methods for solving the in viscid flow and the viscous flow problems will be introduced. The students learn the application of the engineering software in the engineering problems.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program

Assumed Knowledge

Finite element methods, Thermal dynamics and Fluid mechanics.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Solve flow equations using numerical methods;
  2. Analyse laminar flow, turbulent flow and heat transfer using CFD;
  3. Design computer code for simulating flow problems;
  4. Apply computational methods to solve simple flow and heat transfer problems;
  5. Analyse practical flows using commercial CFD software.

Subject Content

1. Numerical methods for in viscid fluid flows;
2. Numerical methods for vicious flows;
3. Heat transfer;
4. Numerical stability analysis;
5. CFD modelling using commercial software;
6. Engineering applications of CFD.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Individual project report-1. 3000 word written report 35 N Individual
Individual project report-2. 3000 word written report 35 N Individual
Quiz 1 hour 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Biringen, S & Chow, C-Y 2011, An introduction to computational fluid mechanics by example, 2nd edn, Wiley, Hoboken, N.J.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta City - Macquarie St


Subject Contact Ming Zhao Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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