Course Syllabus for

Numerical Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
Numerisk strömningsmekanik och värmeöverföring

MMVN05F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2020
Decided by: Anders Gustafsson / FUN (2)
Date of establishment: 2020-02-16

General Information

Division: Energy Sciences
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: MMVN05
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge about numerical methods that are rutinely used for simulating fluid flow and heat transfer. The main emphasis is on incompressible flow and convective heat transfer. Furthermore, knowledge on the most common turbulence models and how these affect the solution is provided. The course is aimed at providing capability to perform this kind of simulations. Also, to provide capability in analysing and assessing the results of such simulations. This knowledge should be sufficient in order to chose a proper solution methos and asses the accuracy of the results for a given engineering problem.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course includes methods for the numerical solution of engeering fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems. Handling of convection-diffusion problems is treated. The concept of numerical diffusion is introduced. Algorithms for pressure-velocity coupling are presented (e.g. SIMPLE, SIMPLEC, SIMPLEX, PISO etc). In the course discretisation using finite volume techniques and how these affect accuracy and stability is discussed. Several types of computational meshes and how these are generated and how these affect the solution are discussed. Aslo included are the most common RANS based turbulence models.

Course Literature

Versteeg, H. & Malalasekera, W.: An Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics-The Finite Volume Method, 2nd ed. Pearson Education Limited, 2007. ISBN 9780131274983.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, exercises, project. The laboratory exercises are computer based and can be done either on your own or on the scheduled times. The project work is done individually.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants. Written exam here means a 2 hour test on the theory covered in the course
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Senior lecturer Hesameddin Fatehi

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Basic course in fluid mechanics

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2024-03-18
End date: 2024-05-24
Course pace: Full time

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Hesameddin Fatehi <>
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