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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: ENGM178
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: HILLS NJ Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern

Assessment Pattern


Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Aerospace CFD assignment (Learning outcomes assessed - c,d,e)




Unseen examination ( Learning outcomes assessed – a,b)




Qualifying Condition(s) 


An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview

Module Overview

An introduction to the use of computational fluid dynamics in aerospace engineering




Normal entry requirements for a level M degree programme and in particular a basic knowledge of the principles of fluid dynamics and numerical methods.

Module Aims

Module Aims


To provide students with:


·           an introduction to the computational solution of engineering flows

·           an understanding of basic discretisation techniques and the importance of truncation error in interpreting CFD results

·           experience in specifying and solving an example aerospace application flow and interpreting the results in order to answer engineering questions


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:


a)      describe the underlying equations of fluid flow and how these equations are solved by a commercial CFD package


b)      derive basic discretisations and their associated truncation error and describe how this affects the accuracy of results


c)      specify simple engineering flows


d)      use a computer package to build a suitable mesh and solve the flows


e)      interpret the output from the package to obtain answers to engineering questions


Module Content

Module Content


·         Introduction to CFD and to the relevant ANSYS packages


·         Conservation laws and Navier-Stokes equations


·         Methods of mesh generation


·         Boundary condition specification


·         Basic concepts of numerical methods used in CFD


·         Truncation error and discretisation order


·         Engineering interpretation of output


·         Turbulence modelling


·        Tutorials and coursework: CFD analysis of a typical aerospace engineering problem from definition to output


Methods of Teaching/Learning

Methods of Teaching/Learning


44 hrs combined lectures and tutorials, 80 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and 24 hrs independent learning.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Selected Texts/Journals



Recommended Reading


Wilcox, D. Turbulence Modelling for CFD, 2nd ed., DCW Industries, 1998 (ISBN 096305151)


Anderson, J.D. Computational Fluid Dynamics: the Basics with Applications, McGraw-Hill, 1995 (ISBN 0071132104)

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