ENGR401-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Computational Fluid Dynamics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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.

For the Mechanical Engineering Aerospace Minor, students must select two of the following options: ENME404, ENME460, ENGR401, and Special Topics 2024 ENME422 and ENME488.

Learning Outcomes

  • Washington Accord (V4) Summary of Graduate Attributes attained in this course:
     WA2 – Problem Analysis
     WA3 – Design/Development of Solutions
     WA4 – Investigation
     WA5 – Tool Usage

  • Course topics with Learning Outcomes (and Washington Accord (WA) and UC Graduate Attributes) identified.

    1. Understand the theoretical background to the equations governing fluid flow in an appropriate formulation for CFD analysis.
    2. Derive conservation laws for transported quantities.
    3. Understand and apply the finite volume discretization of the equations,
    4. Understand the effect of the choice of finite difference approximations
    5. Understand the concepts of consistency, stability and convergence
    6. Identify the benefits/drawback of different solution algorithms
    7. Understand turbulence: nature of turbulence, turbulence models and selection, wall functions
    8. Correctly identify boundary conditions
    9. Create geometries and meshes
    10. Post-process results
    11. Understand the concept of validation of results
    12. Practical understanding of how to run simulations

    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.  (WA2, WA3, WA4, WA5) (EIE4)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Rata 216 CAD Lab
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Rata 216 CAD Lab
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Examinations, Quizzes and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
25 Mar - 31 Mar
02 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 E13
25 Mar - 31 Mar

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mathieu Sellier


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test 25 Mar 2024 15%
Assignment 1 25 Apr 2024 15%
Assignment 2 31 May 2024 15%
Participatation 10%
Final Exam 45%


For detailed course, policy, regulatory and integrity information, please refer to the UC web site, or see relevant Course or Department LEARN pages, (which are available to enrolled students).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,197.00

International fee $6,000.00

* 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

  • ENGR401-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024