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Instructor Information

Prof. Jayathi Y. Murthy                         
Room 169,  Mechanical Engineering,  or BRK 2027B
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1288

(765) 494-5701 (phone)
(765) 494-0539 (fax)


MWF 9:30-10:20 am, ME 204.


Bi-weekly assignments , typically consisting of 3-4 problems, will be given every other Monday. These will be due on Monday two weeks later. You are free to discuss assignments with your classmates and with me, but the final submission must be your own work.

All assignments will be posted bi-weekly on the class web page.


One mid-term examination will be held 6-8:00 pm, March 9, 2011  in ME 161. The examination will be  open book, open notes. There will be a final examination, the schedule for which will be announced in due course.


Students will be expected to complete a CFD project during the course. The project will typically require 3-4 weeks of effort and will involve groups of two students working together.  Suggested project  topics will be discussed by the instructor in class and will be finalized during the middle of March to allow enough time for project completion.  A project report will be required, and classroom presentations will be scheduled for the end of the semester.

Course Textbook and Notes

We will be using extensive course notes provided by the instructor. These are posted in PDF format on the class webpage. You are free to print and browse them.  A useful reference book for the class is:

Suhas V. Patankar, Numerical Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow , Hemisphere, 1980.

Purchase of this book is optional.

Office Hours

Office hours will be held on Mondays 10:30 am-11:30 am in ME 169 Mechanical Engineering. Please make an appointment if this time is not convenient or if you need more time.


Assignments : 30 %
Mid Term Examination: 25 %
Final 25%
Project: 20 %
Total: 100 %

A mixture of absolute and relative grading will determine the final grade for the class.