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Unit of study_

AMME5202: Computational Fluid Dynamics

Objectives: To provide students with the necessary skills to use commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics packages and to carry out research in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics. Expected outcomes: Students will have a good understanding of the basic theory of Computational Fluid Dynamics, including discretisation, accuracy and stability. They will be capable of writing a simple solver and using a sophisticated commercial CFD package. Syllabus summary: A course of lectures, tutorials and laboratories designed to provide the student with the necessary tools for using a sophisticated commercial CFD package. A set of laboratory tasks will take the student through a series of increasingly complex flow simulations, requiring an understanding of the basic theory of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The laboratory tasks will be complemented by a series of lectures in which the basic theory is covered, including: governing equations; finite difference methods, accuracy and stability for the advection/diffusion equation; direct and iterative solution techniques; solution of the full Navier-Stokes equations; turbulent flow; Cartesian tensors; turbulence models.

Details

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code AMME5202
Unit name Computational Fluid Dynamics
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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Partial differential equations; Finite difference methods; Taylor series; Basic fluid mechanics including pressure, velocity, boundary layers, separated and recirculating flows. Basic computer programming skills.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Steven Armfield, steven.armfield@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Lab attendance/completion
Lab attendance/completion
8% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
10% Week 06 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4
Assignment Lab report 1
4% Week 06 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4
Assignment Assignment 1
15% Week 07 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Assignment Lab report 2
4% Week 09 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4
Assignment Assignment 2
15% Week 10 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Assignment Lab report 3
4% Week 11 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
10% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3
Assignment group assignment Major project
30% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Assignments: Two assignments based on developing computer programs using MATLAB which are then used to solve fluid dynamics problems.
  • Lab reports: Three lab reports based on fluid dynamics simulations performed using a commercial software package (ANSYS).
  • Quizzes: Two quizzes based on computational fluid dynamics theory presented in lectures.
  • Major project: Group project based on theoretical analysis and numerical simulation of a complex fluid problem.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Explicit finite difference discretisation of diffusion equation; 2. Solution approach; 3. Navier-Stokes equations Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 02 1. Inversion; 2. Implicit finite difference discretisation of diffusion equation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 03 Accuracy and stability Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 04 Finite difference discretisation of the advection/diffusion equation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 05 Accuracy stability of the advection diffusion equation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 06 1. Gauss-Seidel; 2. Alternating direction implicit; 3. Direct; 4. Jacobi Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 07 Finite volume method Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 08 1. Solution methods for the Navier-Stokes equations; 2. Projection; 3. MAC Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 09 1. Boundary conditions for pressure; 2. Boundary conditions for velocity and scalars Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 10 1. Direct simulation; 2. Turbulent flow Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 11 1. Mixing length; 2. Cartesian tensors; 3. Turbulence models Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 12 1. Reynolds stress; 2. k-epsilon Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 13 Large eddy simulation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. write a consulting report
  • LO2. plan and manage a major group project
  • LO3. assess fluid mechanics problems commonly encountered in industrial and environmental settings, construct and apply computational models, determine critical control parameters and relate them to desired outcomes and write reports
  • LO4. use a state of the art commercial computational fluid dynamics package
  • LO5. write a basic Navier-Stokes solver and to assess the stability, accuracy and convergence of Navier-Stokes solvers.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
No changes have been made since this unit was last offered

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