ENGR401-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Computational Fluid Dynamics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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  Description
Homework 10% Coursework distributed throughout the semester
Assignment 1 03 May 2021 15%
Assignment 2 02 Jun 2021 15%
Exam 60%

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 $1,114.00

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 .

All ENGR401 Occurrences

  • ENGR401-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021