Module Code: ECMM148
Module Lecturer(s): Prof Gavin Tabor
The governing equations of fluid mechanics, the Navier-Stokes equations (NSE), are complex and non-linear, and thus cannot be solved analytically for anything but the simplest possible cases.
To solve more complex problems of real engineering interest, we typically use computational methods, solving the NSE, or equations derived from these, numerically using high performance computers. This is known as Computational Fluid Dynamics, or CFD, and is now a key tool in the development and design of almost any product which involves fluids, including but not limited to; cars, aircraft, ships, engines and power plants, renewable energy devices such as wind or tidal turbines, and many others beside.
CFD can be extended to incorporate other physical processes; multiphase flow, chemical reactions and combustion, interaction with deforming or rigid structures; and can thus be applied to analyse problems in a range of industries in areas such as chemical engineering and biomedical problems.
Practical work and theory go hand in hand on this 100% coursework module, building on your experience of CFD gained in last year's Computational Engineering module (ECM3152 ). You will learn about the mathematical modelling of turbulence and other physical effects in CFD, numerical and coding aspects of the numerical solution of these equations, and the practical application of CFD to real-world Engineering problems, particularly through the module-length miniproject (topics developed through discussion with the module leader) and external guest speakers.
The module includes an introduction to the use of the open source CFD code OpenFOAM, and also uses the commercial package ANSYS Workbench and the commercial mesher Pointwise.
Prerequisite module: ECM3152 or equivalent.
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(Image: Novel honeycomb designs with negative Poisson's ratios and huge compressive strengths - Profs Evans and Smith).