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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Module name (EN): Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering, Master, ASPO 01.10.2014
Module code: WIMAScWPF-Ing12
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 2V+2U (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 6
Semester: 3
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Written or oral exam

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Curricular relevance:
MAM. Engineering and Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2013, optional course, specialisation
WIMAScWPF-Ing12 Industrial Engineering, Master, ASPO 01.10.2014, semester 3, optional course, general subject

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 180 hours (equivalent to 6 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 135 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
WIMASc245 International Business Communication

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Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Frank Ulrich Rückert
Prof. Dr. Frank Ulrich Rückert

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Learning outcomes:
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is used to develop, e.g. wind mills, airplanes or ships. Mastery of the English language is necessary for managing engineering projects in cooperation with different international partners.
Students will have the opportunity to practice working in business projects. All lessons will be held in English.
    - be familiar with the basics of classic fluid dynamics and can independently solve problems related to fluid dynamics
    - have learned how to work on technical problems involving for example, airplanes, wing profiles, windmills and water channels
    - have learned the basics of the commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code ANSYS Workbench (CFX) and the open-source CFD code OpenFOAM. This includes creating geometries, problem setup, as well as using numerical simulation
    - be able to estimate the costs and benefits of fluid flow simulations and can present further results

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Module content:
Introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
 _ Why open-source? Why commercial products?
 - Teams will be formed to develop an airplane
 - Crash course on ANSYS Workbench (CFX) and openFOAM
Computational fluid dynamics and theory:
 - generating numerical meshes for industrial cases
The basic conservation equations
 - conservation of mass
 - conservation of momentum
 - two equation turbulence models
 - conservation of energy
Discretization and numerical simulation
 - philosophy and aim of computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
 - What do pre-processing, solving and post-processing mean?
 - parametric geometry and mesh types
 - numerical simulation of flow problems
 - visualization of fluid flow problems with post-processing
 - validation of experimental results against simulation
Turbulence and numerical diffusion

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Teaching methods/Media:
Methods and media:
 - theory lessons by the teacher
 - guided computer exercises with ANSYS Workbench (CFX) and OpenFOAM
 - setup of simulation problems and presentation of results in front of audience

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Recommended or required reading:
 - Cengel, Yunus A.; Cimbala, John M.: "Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications"; Mc Graw Hill; Higher Education; 2010
 - Peric, M., Ferziger, J. H.: "Computational Methods for Fluid Dynamics"; Springer-Verlag; 2004
 - Rückert, Frank U.: "A short introduction to CFD" (english language); htw saar; 2017

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