ME61400 - Computational Fluid Dynamics

Spring 2017

Days/Time: TBA / TBA
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
To learn finite-difference methods for the numerical solution of partial differential equations with applications in fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Learn finite-difference methods for the Euler and Navier-Stokes equations (incompressible and compressible). Develop and run computer programs written in modern Fortran using the numerical methods we will study in class for solving partial differential equations and the Navier-Stokes equations with applications to fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

The major topics to be covered include: the use of finite-difference methods for the numerical solution to partial differential equations with applications in fluid dynamics and heat transfer, as well as methods for solving the incompressible and compressible Navier-Stokes equations.

Topics Covered:
Finite-difference approximation of derivatives; numerical solution of partial differential equations; review of governing equations of fluid dynamics and heat transfer; numerical methods for Euler equations, incompressible and compressible Navier-Stokes equations; grid generation.

Undergraduate course in fluid mechanics; an undergraduate or graduate course in numerical analysis is recommended, but not required; an undergraduate course in computer programming; knowledge of FORTRAN or C programming language.

Applied/Theory: 40/60

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Weekly assignments.

Required, not job-related; there will be roughly six homework assignments involving writing and executing computer programs to implement some of the methods we will study in class.

One midterm exam and one final exam.

*Tentative-check the Office of the Registrar Textbooks for the official list*
Required- J. C. Tannehill, D. A. Anderson and R. H. Pletcher, "Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer," 3rd ed., Taylor and Francis, 1997, ISBN-10: 1591690374; ISBN-13: 978-1591690375. Available online at You can preview it at google books.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd minimum computer requirements; students will be required to write computer programs to use the methods we develop in class. All programs must be written in FORTRAN or C. Students will need to generate simple x-y graphs as well as contour plots to present their results in project reports. Most of the plotting can probably be done with Microsoft EXCEL.

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Steven H. Frankel
Purdue University
Mechanical Engineering Bldg
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
765-494-0530 or 0539
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