MEng Aerospace Engineering

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics

Unit code MACE40122
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Division (L5)
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit builds on previous course units which have covered basic finite volume CFD approximations. It extends this knowledge to give an understanding of how more complex flows can be modelled, with an appreciation of the effects different approximation schemes may have on the accuracy and stability of solutions. The unit also broadens the range of numerical methods studied by students, providing an overview of a number of specialized methods suitable for particular flow applications.


• To equip students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the typical numerical and modelling approximations found in general purpose commercial and research CFD codes, enabling them to perform reliable and efficient simulations.
• To provide students with current knowledge about novel and emerging CFD methods for a broad range of application areas (aerodynamics, energy, healthcare, industry), and to educate them in the process of identifying which approach is used where, and why.
• To enable students to gain hands-on experience with representative CFD tools via a series of laboratory exercises.

Practical skills


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Report 20%
Practical skills assessment 30%

Feedback methods

Exam - via script viewing

Report - Feedback is provided to the individual and to the group 15 working days later.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 6
Lectures 22
Seminars 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Georgios Fourtakas Unit coordinator

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