ENGR401-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Computational Fluid Dynamics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Theoretical and practical aspects of Computational Fluid Dynamics, including the theory of fluid flow equations, numerical methods of solving these equations, turbulence, and experience with a commercial CFD software.

This course aims to provide an understanding of the theoretical background of CFD and an introduction to its practical application including a selection of appropriate models and numerical methods and assessment of the quality of the results. This is done through lectures, case studies and assignments including practical exercises using a commercial package.

Topics include:

• The theoretical background to the equations governing fluid flow in an appropriate formulation for CFD analysis
• Finite volume discretization of the equations, choice of finite difference approximations
• Consistency, stability and convergence
• Solution algorithms
• Turbulence: nature of turbulence, turbulence models and selection, wall functions
• Boundary conditions
• Geometry creation and meshing
• Post-processing of results
• Validation of results
• Practical simulation exercises


ENME304 or ENME314, or
ENCH393, or

Course Coordinator

Mathieu Sellier


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Homework 10%
Assignment 1 28 Apr 2020 20%
Assignment 2 26 May 2020 20%
Exam 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Versteeg, H. K. , Malalasekera, W; An introduction to computational fluid dynamics : the finite volume method ; 2nd ed; Pearson Education, 2007.

Recommended Reading

Anderson, John David; Computational fluid dynamics : the basics with applications ; McGraw-Hill, 1995.

Casey, Michael. , Wintergerste, Torsten., ERCOFTAC Special Interest Group on "Quality and Trust in Industrial CFD"; Best practice guidelines ; Version 1.0; ERCOFTAC, 2000.

Ferziger, Joel H. , Peric, M; Computational methods for fluid dynamics ; 3rd, rev. ed; Springer, 2002.

Tu, Jiyuan. , Yeoh, Guan Heng., Liu, Chaoqun; Computational fluid dynamics : a practical approach ; 1st ed; Butterworth-Heinemann, 2008.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,102.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

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  • ENGR401-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020