Self-study manual for introduction to computational fluid dynamics

Bachelor thesis English OPEN
Nabatov, Andrey (2017)
  • Publisher: Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the branch of Fluid Mechanics and Computational Physics that plays a decent role in modern Mechanical Engineering Design process due to such advantages as relatively low cost of simulation comparing with conduction of real experiment, an opportunity to easily correct the design of a prototype prior to manufacturing of the final product and a wide range of application: mixing, acoustics, cooling and aerodynamics. This makes CFD particularly and Computational Physics in general the tools, desirable to know for every Mechanical Engineering product developer. This project is aimed to provide the Mechanical Engineering department of HAMK with sufficient study material for a potential course in the future that will introduce HAMK Mechanical Engineering students to Computational Fluid Dynamics. The study material contains parts of theory, describing the ideas behind derivation of governing equations of Fluid Dynamics, their discretization methods, fundamental algorithms of CFD, part of boundary layer theory essential for CFD and turbulence RANS models, which is the required minimum to study prior to the main practical part, consisting of a link to open-source CFD tutorials for ANSYS FLUENT and a simple example done in Mathcad 15, illustrating the work of algorithms and mathematics, covered in theory. There is also an introduction to the Pi-theorem and its applications in the separate chapter, which provides students with a toolbox for a proper analysis of results, gained from several simulations.
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