Computational Fluid Dynamics

Module code: EG7029

The course starts with an overview of the flow governing equations applicable to incompressible and compressible flows, which are solved in a computational fluid dynamics scheme. This forms a firm basis from which to address current numerical techniques and turbulence modelling.

The focus of the course then turns to numerical simulation methods that are widely used in both academia and in industry. Widely used turbulence modelling methods are discussed and their relative strengths and weaknesses for differing flow types are outlined. Unsteady methods are also covered, with emphasis placed on sub-grid scale modelling and grid resolution requirements. Numerical stability and discretization issues are outlined for common schemes. The solution procedures for compressible and incompressible CFD codes are discussed along with the practical limitations of both types of methodologies.

All of these elements are brought together in case studies of typical CFD cases, such as mixing layers, compressor blade passages, and backward-facing steps. The module lectures are supported through the Blackboard virtual learning environment. Example sheet questions are provided at appropriate intervals during the course.


  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 128 hours of guided independent study


  • Exam, 2.5 hours (100%)