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4 Credits
Winter term
Lecture only

ME 312;
ME 331 or 331H
Deborah Pence
316 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Principles of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) will be learned through lecture and application of commercial software to simple engineering problems. This numerical approach to solving the Navier-Stokes equations for analysis of fluid dynamic problems complements theoretical and experimental approaches.


  • Finite volume method
  • Discretization schemes
  • Boundary implementation
  • Grid independent solutions
  • Iteration resolved solutions
  • Validation/verification
  • Numerical uncertainty

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Apply the underlying principles of the finite volume method, frequently used in commercially available computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software.
  2. Employ the basics necessary to successfully solve CFD problems.
  3. Accurately solve engineering problems using commercial software.