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Teaching Computational Fluid Dynamics (Cfd) To Design Engineers

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dc.contributor.author Hu, Junling en_US
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Linfeng en_US
dc.contributor.author Xiong, Xingguo en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-16T16:56:10Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-16T16:56:10Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://scholarworks.bridgeport.edu/xmlui/handle/123456789/756
dc.description © 2008 ASEE
dc.description.abstract Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) can provide detailed thermal flow information, such as temperature field, pressure field and velocity field, in equipment and process in various industries. Due to the recent rapid growth of powerful computer resources and the development of commercial CFD software packages, CFD has been proven a useful tool for mechanical design engineers. CFD has also gained broad acceptance in the engineering education. It has been adopted in both undergraduate and graduate level courses in many universities. The teaching of CFD in current engineering education can be classified into two types, one is to focus on the numerical methods with little emphasis on using the software and the other is to introduce a CFD software as a virtual reality laboratory in Fluid Mechanics class without emphasis on teaching software. In the first type, students need strong mathematical background to succeed in the class and also need further training to effectively use modern commercial software for real industrial application. While in the second type, students only learned an abstract form of CFD processes, thus they will not be able to use CFD commercial software without further training in this area. This paper is about the use of CFD in teaching graduate students at this university who were in a two year design track program. Many of these students did not have a good background in mathematics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and programming, however, most of them were good at computer aided design in ProE and were very interested in learning CFD as a design tool in industries. STAR-CCM+ was chosen as the CFD software to teach students the entire CFD process in a single integrated software environment. After building a geometry model in ProE, students learned to import the CAD model, set up mesh model, physical model and solver, and postprocess the results in STAR-CCM+. Based on projects, CFD numerical methods and fundamentals of heat transfer and fluid flow were introduced to help students understand the CFD process, interpret, and validate simulation results. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher ASEE en_US
dc.subject Engineering en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Computational fluid dynamics en_US
dc.title Teaching Computational Fluid Dynamics (Cfd) To Design Engineers en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.event.location Pittsburgh, PA en_US
dc.event.name 2008 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition en_US

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