Advanced Fluid Mechanics and CFD

10 Units

This course blends together physical and mathematical concepts in an advanced treatment of fluid mechanics. Analytical methods introduced in earlier courses are extended to compressible flows, applications in fluid machines and turbulent flows and turbulence modelling. The latter is used as a basis to provide a practical introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their understanding of compressible flows by applying fluid modelling concepts to practical engineering applications
  2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of turbulence and its modelling
  3. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of various turbulent flows (jets, wake, channel, and boundary layers)
  4. Apply Computational Fluid Mechanics approaches to the analysis of complex fluid flows.
  5. Discuss the limitations and assumptions involved in Computational Fluid Dynamics.
  6. Design validation procedures for Computational Fluid Dynamics models.
  1. Fluids Machinery
  2. Compressible flows
  3. Navier-Stokes equations and Reynolds stress equations
  4. Turbulence and turbulent flows
  5. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (including turbulence modelling and validation techniques)
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 1
  • Quiz: Mid-semester quiz
  • Report: Engineering report

Contact Hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for MECH6480
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