ENGRMAE 132 Computational Fluid Dynamics (2017-2018)

ENGRMAE 132 Computational Fluid Dynamics

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 132 Computational Fluid Dynamics (Credit Units: 4) Introduction to computational fluid dynamics in simple engineering devices. The numerical simulations will be performed via the widely-used software ANSYS-Fluent. While Fluent is the choice of software, all major CFD packages are based on a similar numerical method. Prerequisite: ENGRMAE 130B. Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering majors have first consideration. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
  • C.A.J. Fletcher ‘Computational Techniques for Fluid Dynamics’, Vols. I and II, Springer-Verlag (1988).
  • C.J. Tannehill, D.A. Anderson and R.H. Pletcher, ‘Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer’, Taylor and Francis (1997).
Said E. Elghobashi
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Knowledge of basic fluid mechanics, as provided by MAE130A and MAE130B.

Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to CFD
  • Conservation equations and discretization
  • Boundary conditions and solution algorithms
  • Laminar axisymmetric pipe flow
  • Laminar 2D (plane) channel flow
  • Turbulent axisymmetric pipe flow
  • Laminar boundary layer over a flat plate
  • Steady flow over a circular cylinder
  • Unsteady flow over a circular cylinder
  • Flow over an airfoil
  • Laminar flow in an axisymmetric sudden pipe-expansion
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Access to ANSYS (FLUENT) software on student’s own computer. Licenses are provided by the department.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component


Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework:60%
  • FinalProject:40%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
November 10, 2014
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr