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Mechanical Engineering (M E)

M E 428 Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (3) Introduction to theory and application of computational techniques for solving fluid flow and heat transfer.

M E 428 Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (3)

The purpose of this course is to teach students how to use a commercial CFD code to solve real-world engineering fluid flow problems. The definition of appropriate problem domain, set of governing equations, boundary conditions, and fluid properties is discussed. Sufficient theory of CFD is covered so that students are able to select appropriate elements or interpolation techniques and options, mesh size, pressure-correction technique and solution technique. Students are also taught how to interpret the results of a CFD simulation, including determination that the solution is physically realistic, conforms to the governing equations, is converged and grid independent, and determination of important engineering quantities such as net force, pressure drop and flow rate. Students are evaluated through the use of written exams during the semester, a comprehensive written final, weekly homework assignments, and a semester project. This course is a technical elective in the Mechanical Engineering program and allows students who are interested in fluid mechanics and heat transfer to further their study. It is offered periodically.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: M E 320, M E 410

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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