June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
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Design and Implementation of An Undergraduate Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Course
Department of Mechanical Engineering Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas 77710
With ever increasing advances in the computers and their computing power, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become an essential tool in the design and analysis of engineering applications. Thus, many universities have developed and implemented a course on CFD for undergraduate and graduate engineering students. This paper presents the design and implementation of an undergraduate Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) course in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University. The paper describes the course objectives, textbook and reference materials, detailed contents and topics of the course, and group projects to be solved by the commercial CFD software. The results from the survey of students on the use of commercial CFX software are also provided.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the art of replacing the integrals or the partial derivatives in fundamental governing equations of fluid dynamics with discretized algebraic forms, which in turn are solved to obtain numbers for the flowfield values at discrete points in time and/or space1. With rapid advent of the computers and their computing power, CFD has become an essential tool in the design and analysis of engineering applications. For example, the design of a new industrial burner can be completely done using a CFD software before a prototype is built. Increasing use of CFD as a design and analysis tool in different industries such as chemical processing, oil drilling, biotechnology, and energy generation help educators realize the need for incorporating CFD in the curriculum of undergraduate engineering education. Thus, more and more universities have developed and implemented a course on CFD for undergraduate and graduate engineering students, especially for aerospace and mechanical engineering disciplines2, 3, 4, 5. For example, the CFD course at Kettering University was implemented to introduce undergraduate to new technology used in industry and to meet the needs recommended by industry. The faculty members of the mechanical engineering department at Lamar University have therefore decided to incorporate CFD into the fluid curriculum for the benefits of undergraduate and graduate students.
Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2003, American Society for Engineering Education
Aung, K. (2003, June), Design And Implementation Of An Undergraduate Computational Fluid Dynamics (Cfd) Course Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12167
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