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CAPE5335M Computational Fluid Dynamics

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Professor M Fairweather

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Background in fluid dynamics and mathematical techniques.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CAPE5320MMulti-Scale Modelling and Simulation

This module is not approved as an Elective


- To provide an appreciation of current scientific, engineering and technological challenges that render development of computational fluid dynamics approaches desirable.
- To provide an understanding of the concepts underpinning and the steps required for a practical realisation of computational fluid dynmics approaches.
- To provide a demonstration of computational fluid dynamics and practical experience of implementing and using computational fluid dynamics software.

Learning outcomes
The module will deliver an overview of modelling and simulation techniques, using computational fluid dynamics. It will also show how computational fluid dynamics can be applied to solve practical problems of relevance to the chemical and process engineering industries via case studies.

This module will enhance, significantly, computer based skills, problem solving skills, research skills and information literacy as well as a students' ability to write project reports based on a computer-based project and targeted reading of topics related to computational fluid dynamics.

Skills outcomes
Training in commerical and in-house modelling and simulation software.


Introduction to computational fluid dynamic approaches. Typical examples showing application of technique, and scope for integrating multi-scale modelling concepts in chemical and process engineering applications. Training in use of modelling and simulation approaches, and their application to practical problems of relevance to chemical and process engineering industries.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours90.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent online learning will be by way of familiarisation and self-training in the use of computer software, and computer-based modelling software applications that will be used to construct multi-scale models in accordance with the coursework project briefs.

The time allocated for private study will include a structured programme of reading against a list of sources provided to the students and the review of weekly lecture notes. Researching and preparation of reports on the 5 set assignments are included in this total.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through the training and demonstrator-assisted sessions and through feedback sessions in lectures, in which academic staff and demonstrators will be present. It will also be monitored via the submission of five technical reports associated with each of the projects set.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/09/2021


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