KB7001 - Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn to develop the ability to apply appropriate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques to the solution of a wide range of problems involving fluid flow and heat transfer, and to interpret the results gained in light of the underlying equations of viscous flow, heat transfer and other physical models such as turbulence models.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through engagement with lectures, seminar and workshop sessions. We will make use of case studies moving from simple ones at the start and increasing in complexity as the module develops. A commercial CFD package will be introduced through the seminar sessions and through directed study tasks related to engineering applications. The lectures will be used to transfer knowledge and direct your further work while the seminars and workshops will offer you the opportunity to discuss your work, to practice with the software and to solve problems while receiving direct guidance form the tutors to allow you to reflect on your learning so that you can feed this forward to the assessments. Independent learning will be an important part of the module and will assist you in developing your skills as an engineering practitioner by using what you learn in the module to set up your own direction as you seek additional support for the learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In addition to direct contact with the module team during lectures, seminars and laboratories you are encouraged to develop your curiosity by making direct contact with the module team either via email or the open door approach we operate throughout the programme. You will be regularly referred to supporting resources including relevant texts, software downloads and relevant multimedia materials. References to these resources will be made available through the e-learning portal and in lectures and seminars.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Critically review the governing equations and mathematical principles of fluid dynamics and heat transfer employed in CFD software.
MLO2 Evaluate physical models and their application in CFD software

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Analyse complex engineering flows systematically using CFD software and make judgements based on available data.
MLO4 Independently plan a CFD project to solve unknown problems involving thermofluids, considering time and computer resource constraints and demonstrating an awareness of the limitations of CFD methodologies

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Demonstrate a critical awareness of the current and emerging numerical methods in the field of fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

1. Course Work-Assignment 1 (32%)
MLO 2, 3, 5
Feedback will be given to students in class as a group within 20 working days of the class

2. Course Work-Assignment 2 (48%)
MLO 1, 4, 5
Feedback will be given to students in class as a group within 20 working days of the assessment.

3. Examination (20%)
MLO1, 3, 5
Feedback will be given to students on their exam script within 20 working days of the exam.

Formative Assessments
1. Seminars (problem solving sessions)
MLO 1, 4, 5
Feedback will be provided through discussion in class including about problems designed to aid you to develop your knowledge and skills to feed forward to the assessments.


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Module abstract

This module discusses the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods and their future trends concerning the thermofluid systems. The topics will cover the numerical techniques applied to the heat transfer and fluid flow problems, conjugate heat transfer problems, fin analysis, cavitation and turbulence. The module is intended to relate and develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of fundamental engineering principles and theory to the field of CFD and numerical heat transfer. You will learn about advanced research methods for CFD modelling of engineering systems and then apply those methods to evaluate the performance and efficiency of a representative system through the use of industry-standard software. By combining the lectures and tutorial sessions in practical thermofluid system development, you will have a chance to extend your knowledge and perspectives.

Course info

UCAS Code H304

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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