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CFD Simulation with ANSYS FLUENT

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Category : CFD
Course Code : CFD-BG-PR-002
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CFD Beginner 4 Weeks

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Prior CFD knowledge not required  

This course is a perfect fusion of CFD theory and software exposure. This course explicitly focuses on solver and post-processing part of typical CFD process using simulation tool ANSYS FLUENT. A course of its kind which includes video lessons, software demos, video tutorials, tests for regular assessment and project work. This course will help you to understand fluid dynamics involved into real world scenarios.


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Study of Fluid Flows

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In this lesson we will first see what fluid Flow is and fundamental terminologies related to fluid dynamics. Historically fluid flow has been studied by experimental and theoretical methods. We will have an overview of these methods in this lesson. Simulation is also now considered to be a reliable method to study fluid flow and allied phenomenon. We will see why this is so. In the end we will have a comparison between experimental and simulation study methods.

CFD Analysis - Software Perspective

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In the initial lesson of the course concepts of CFD are explained from theory perspective. But when you use software for CFD analysis you need to change your perspective towards usage. Along with governing equations we also have to focus on CFD models in software and their selection process. This lesson will introduce you to the concept of ‘CFD Analysis from software perspective’. The lesson will first explain CFD software architecture and software capabilities. Basic steps of any general software based CFD analysis process will be taught.


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Introduction to CFD

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This lesson will be your first exposure to CFD in the course. The objective of this lesson is to show you why we need to study fluid dynamics and how CFD is an interesting and efficient tool to study fluid dynamics. The lesson will also tell you how and where CFD is applied for design. It will provide you with an introduction to the process of CFD analysis. It will also highlight benefits and limitations of CFD as a design tool.


CFD Equations and Numerical Solution

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This lesson will start with a review of mathematical equations which govern fluid flow and heat transfer. Then you will be introduced to ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations and the generalized form of Navier stokes equations. You will know how the Navier Stokes equations are modified or enhanced for solving turbulent flows, reactions, as well as particulate flows. We will see an overview of the finite difference and finite volume method. At the end we will also see what discretization means.


Fundamentals of Finite Volume method

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CFD is not magic and CFD software is not a black box. There is physics, mathematics, and numerical methods behind CFD. In this lesson we will see how the Navier Stokes equations are converted into mathematical formulations using the finite volume methods. The lesson will introduce you to the finite volume method. Then you will be taught how to convert the partial differential equations to linear algebraic equations. We will discuss formulations which are used to apply finite volume methods for steady state flow and heat transfer problems.


User Interface of ANSYS FLUENT

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Before using any software it is critical to be familiar with its graphic user interface or GUI. For complex software like FLUENT which has lots of models and user inputs this is even more important. This lesson will walk you through the software GUI so that you become familiar with the aspects of the GUI and can start using the software for basic tasks.


Before first simulation

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Before we setup a CFD problem in FLUENT software there are some basic tasks or process we need to perform. These tasks are generalized tasks that need to be carried out for most of the CFD problem setup. These are like standard practices of simulation setup. First you will be taught how to launch FLUENT software. Tasks like importing mesh files, checking mesh files, setting up units, scaling geometry and standard grid operations will also be taught. In the end an overview will be provided of all the physics models available in ANSYS FLUENT.



Solver Basics

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The heart of any CFD software is the solver. The solver takes the CAD model and applies mathematical equations and produces numerical results. The lesson will introduce you to fundamental aspects of FLUENT solver. It will introduce you to the different sections of the graphic user interface and you will become familiar with the entire software workflow. You will know how to setup different user inputs like materials, boundary conditions and also introduce you to different import and export file formats.

Turbulence modeling

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Most of the fluid flows in industry and nature are turbulent. Hence it is not sufficient to know only laminar flow modeling. This lesson will review your knowledge about fundamentals of turbulent flow and teach you how to setup turbulent flow simulation in ANSYS FLUENT.


Boundary and Cell Zone conditions

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CFD equations can be solved only if there are boundary conditions to fulfill a solution. Hence we need provide boundary conditions to a CFD solver. There are various forms of boundary inputs which convert a real situation to its CFD model counterpart. To elaborate in detail, a fixed surface in real situation is a wall boundary condition in CFD. This lesson will teach you how to setup different types of boundary conditions in FLUENT. It will also provide understanding of equations used inside the software for different boundary conditions.


Solver Mathematics and Post Processing

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This is a two part lesson. First part will focus on various numerical techniques and algorithm used in the FLUENT software. Topics like spatial and gradient discretization, pressure and density interpolation, pressure velocity coupling, initialization of solution, monitor plots and convergence will be taught. The second part will teach you how to extract results from the generated CFD solution and how to apply these results to modify design. It will teach you how to extract CFD results in the form of quantitative and qualitative data.


Video Tutorial : Post processing CFD results in FLUENT

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This tutorial will teach you different tools and options for CFD result extraction within ANSYS FLUENT. A sample CFD results file is used to show various result extraction features and how to use them.


Course Project: CFD modeling of turbulent flow through nozzle geometry

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The objective of the course project is to provide you an experience of performing a CFD simulation project from start to end. As this course is based on FLUENT software the project will not involve mesh generation task but only simulation task. The CFD problem is based on modeling turbulent flow through nozzle geometry. By the end of this project you will be confident of handling complete CFD simulation process using ANSYS FLUENT. This course project is for your final evaluation. Your evaluation will be based on final report you submit on the CFD results of this project.

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Overview

In today’s competitive world, simulation has become an important tool for design and operation control. It helps to find the quick and accurate results throughout design and manufacturing as well as during end use. ANSYS FLUENT software contains the broad physical modeling capabilities needed to model flow, turbulence, heat transfer, and reactions for industrial applications ranging from air flow over an aircraft wing to combustion in a furnace, from bubble columns to oil platforms, from blood flow to semiconductor manufacturing, and from clean room design to wastewater treatment plants. This simulation software allows you to predict, with confidence, the impact of fluid flows and heat transfer on your product.

This course explicitly focuses on solver and post-processing part of typical CFD process using simulation tool ANSYS FLUENT. This course is a perfect blend of theoretical foundation and software exposure. This course starts with the CFD fundamentals. Under which you will be learning partial differential NS equations, numerical methods, and finite volume method. Once you are comfortable with the basics of CFD, you will learn the solver ANSYS FLUENT software. Primarily you will get acquainted with the GUI of software.  The typical workflow into the solver will get introduced. You will be learning in detail the solver basics such as boundary conditions, solver settings, residuals etc. The special attention is given onto the solver mathematics. You will also get the flavor of different models governing the physics such as turbulence, combustion, multiphase, etc. As you get accustomed to solver GUI and typical workflow, then course takes you to the post processing aspects which are the most important part of the simulation. You will be learning how to extract simulation results, visualization techniques and understanding and interpreting those results. At the end of this course you will be undergoing three video tutorials which will elucidate simulation of the real world problem using ANSYS FLUENT.


Recommended background

A science background is recommended for this course. One should be familiar with basic physics concepts like scalars, vectors, pressure, velocity, forces etc. The course will start with a review of fundamental concepts of fluid dynamics and heat transfer. So you do not need any pre-requisite for this course other than having an interest in CFD. No specific educational degree is necessary to take this course. CFD analysis is based on fundamental equations of fluid dynamics and heat transfer; hence participants from mechanical, chemical, civil and petroleum fields find themselves more comfortable than other background. They will also benefit more than participants from other background. 

"The early you start more the benefit"CFD is fast becoming a popular simulation based design tool in industry. Our course participants are from academic background as well as industry professionals. But if you are a student in an undergraduate science degree this is the best time to start learning CFD. The early you start, more are the benefits. 


Your Learning

Our main objective of the course is to introduce you to fluid dynamics analysis tool ANSYS FLUENT. You will learn the CFD fundamentals as well the software. You will able to understand the importance of simulation tool and will start to solve your real world problems on your own. Our main objective of the course is to make you understand how CFD is used as a design tool. You will be able to understand the use of CFD results for predicting product performance, optimizing the designs, and validating the product behavior.

The main outcome of this course is help you to solve your own queries and better understanding to fluid dynamics involved into real world scenarios.

Syllabus

Content

The course mainly contains video lessons. The duration of each lesson varies from few minutes for some lessons to 40 minutes for some lessons. For short software demos the duration is very small and for detailed theory lessons or software knowledge lessons the duration is large. The course also contains other content like tests, assignments, and project. 

The course is delivered based on a concept of ‘online learning using video lessons accompanied with live mentoring’. Below are features or elements of our training process:


Course Format

Video lessons : The course consists of video lessons on various topics of theory and software knowledge. You can gain knowledge and software skills by watching these video lessons any number of times anywhere.

Software Demos : The course also consists of software demos. These short videos explain some tools or operations of software so that you can watch and practice on your own. 

Video Tutorials : Video tutorial will also be provided to you as part of the course. They are sample CFD problems which explain or demonstrate how to conduct CFD simulation of common industrial problems using the tool ANSYS FLUENT. 

Objective Test or Quiz : After some specific amount of video lessons you will be asked to give objective test or quiz. These tests or quizzes are based on theory knowledge and software skills. The purpose of these tests or quizzes is to refresh your learning till that point. These will also help you later to review or understand important concepts. 

Software Assignments : After certain software learning is complete you will be provided with assignments. These assignments will be industrial level CFD solution problems which you will have to do on your own using skills acquired in the course. You will be provided with all the necessary input files for the assignments. Once you complete these assignments you will have to submit them to us for evaluation. 

Course project : At the end of the course you will be assigned a course project. This project will be a complete CFD problem from start to end. You will be provided with the problem statement and input files. Using your acquired skills of fundamentals and software you will undergo this CFD project and present a CFD project report by the end of your course. Our mentors will evaluate your report and provide you suggestions or additional mentoring based on your performance in the project. 

Mentoring :  Along with our course content we also provide mentoring for the participants in this course. The mentoring is provided to resolve any of your doubts or question related to the course learning. There are two types of mentoring :

  1. Mentoring through email (Unlimited) : During the course you may have queries or doubts about the course content. To resolve those queries our mentors will interact with you using email. You can ask your queries through email and our mentors will provide you with specific answers to help resolve your queries. 
  2. Live mentoring (Limited hours) : In this our mentors will conduct a live mentoring session with you every week for an hour. So total you get 4 hours of live mentoring as part of the course. These live mentoring sessions will be sought of Q & A sessions to resolve any of your doubts related to the course learning. You can directly ask your questions to our mentor.

Please note that mentoring through email and live session is meant to resolve your queries related to learning through the course. This mentoring does not cover any queries which are not related to the course or for any of your other CFD related queries. For such queries we recommend to you our other learning services. Information of such learning services can be found on course page. 

Certification : At the end of the course based on your performance and our evaluation you will be granted a certification from LearnCAx for successful completion of the course. 

Course Material : At the end of the course LearnCAx will send you course material in the form of course lesson notes for your future reference. 


Course Syllabus

The course is divided into 11 lessons and additional content like assignment and project. Each lesson has a specific objective and is designed to satisfy the needs of subsequent lesson. It is recommended that you do not move to the next lesson until all the concepts in the lesson are well understood.

Video Lessons :


Lesson 1: Study of Fluid flows

Have you ever observed common fluid flow phenomenon around you? Have you ever wondered about the physics behind such fluid flows? Whether they can be described by using mathematics and who discovered such mathematical equations of fluid flows? Fluid flow is present everywhere. The aim of this lesson is to show you how every phenomenon around us involves fluid flow. The lesson will present a discussion on the three fundamental methods used to study fluid flow. In the end you will also understand where simulation finds its place as tool to study fluid flow and allied phenomenon. 

Lesson 2: Introduction to CFD 

Assuming that most of the participants are new to the topic of CFD, the first lesson is designed as an introduction to CFD. CFD is a distinct field of simulation sciences which is based on physics and mathematical equations. Hence our first lesson is designed in order to provide you a complete understanding of overall concept of CFD. This lesson provides the basics of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) without going into details of the mathematics or numerical algorithms. By the end of this lesson you will have a clear understanding of CFD and terms like Design, Modeling and Simulation and CFD. You will also realize that CFD is very interesting and highly useful design tool.

Lesson 3: CFD Equations and Numerical Solution 

We believe that every participant of our course, who uses CFD software, should also be aware of what is happening behind the software. Behind the software there are physics equations solved using numerical methods. This lesson is design in a way that you will get a basic understanding of the generalized CFD equations and the numerical methods that are used to solve these equations. The objective of this lesson is to refresh the knowledge of mathematical equations which govern fluid flow and heat transfer and also to provide an overview of the additional equations that are solved in CFD. By the end of this lesson you will be familiar with Navier Stokes equations and the difference between exact and numerical solution of differential Equations.

Lesson 4: Fundamentals of Finite Volume method

One of the most commonly used algorithms to convert the partial differential equation to algebraic equations is the Finite Volume Method. It is also the method used for CFD calculations in FLUENT software. Hence it is critical to understand the finite volume method. In this lesson we will see how the Navier Stokes equations are converted into mathematical formulations using the finite volume methods. This lesson would explain how to convert the integral form of conservation equations into linear algebraic equations, using Finite Volume Method. By the end of this lesson you will have a clear understanding of the Finite Volume Method.

Lesson 5: CFD analysis - Software perspective

Objective of this lesson is to introduce you to the world of commercial CFD software. While providing an introduction to performing CFD analysis using software, we also focus on teaching you what happens behind the software. Basic steps of any general CFD analysis process will be taught. By the end of this lesson you will know what to expect from a generic CFD software program and also what are general steps involved in CFD analysis using CFD software.

Lesson 6: User Interface of ANSYS FLUENT

The objective of this course is to make you comfortable with the graphic user interface (GUI) of the software ANSYS FLUENT. Before starting to use any software you should be well familiar with the user interface, various mouse options and clicks as well panel locations and buttons. This lesson will provide you with all the knowledge required to handle FLUENT software user interface. By the end of this lesson you will be able to carry out basic tasks while using ANSYS FLUENT and also navigation through the User Interface of ANSYS FLUENT.

Lesson 7: Before first simulation

The objective of this lesson is to teach you standard practices followed while using ANSYS FLUENT for any generalized CFD simulation. The lesson will teach you how to launch ANSYS FLUENT as well as procedures like importing mesh files, checking mesh files, setting up units, scaling geometry and standard grid operations. By the end of this lesson you will be familiar with preparations needed before doing any simulation in ANSYS FLUENT. You will also be aware of different physics models and their application areas.

Lesson 8: Solver Basics

ANSYS FLUENT is a CFD solver. Which means it will use a meshed geometry and CFD equation along with user inputs to produce solution of these equations by using various finite volume algorithms and models. The objective of this lesson is to teach you how to provide different inputs to the software to solve a CFD problem. By the end of this lesson you will be familiar with overall procedure for implementing any CFD project in ANSYS FLUENT.

Lesson 9: Turbulence modeling

The objective of this lesson is to teach you how to conduct CFD simulation of turbulent flows in ANSYS FLUENT. Why is this so important? In industry as well in many natural phenomena involving fluid flow, most of the times the flow is in turbulent regime. Hence it becomes critical to know how to model turbulent flows. The lesson will provide you knowledge of turbulent flow models and also teach you setup of these models. By the end of this lesson you will know how to conduct a simulation of turbulent flows in ANSYS FLUENT.

Lesson 10: Boundary and Cell Zone conditions

Boundary conditions are the most important part of CFD simulation setup. The objective of this lesson is to train you in order to decide how to provide sensible and accurate boundary conditions to a CFD problem. Boundary conditions are nothing but transfer of information from real life scenario to a virtual CFD model at the boundaries of the CFD environment. By the end of this lesson you will able to extract information from real life scenarios and transfer it to different boundary condition types in a CFD model within ANSYS FLUENT. 

Lesson 11: Solver Mathematics and Post Processing

The aim of this lesson is to teach you two aspects of CFD process:

  1. To modify the mathematical algorithms to adjust accuracy and speed of a CFD solution. This will be taught in solver mathematics section. 
  2. To judge the quality of CFD results and represent them in a realistic and informative manner. This will be covered in the Post processing section. 

By the end of this lesson you will learn how to select appropriate solver schemes for accurate CFD results. You will also learn to extract CFD results and apply them to improve design.

Video Tutorials :

Tutorial 1: Post processing CFD results in FLUENT

Have you ever observed common fluid flow phenomenon around you? Have you ever wondered about the physics behind such fluid flows? Whether they can be described by using mathematics and who discovered such mathematical equations of fluid flows? Fluid flow is present everywhere. The aim of this lesson is to show you how every phenomenon around us involves fluid flow. The lesson will present a discussion on the three fundamental methods used to study fluid flow. In the end you will also understand where simulation finds its place as tool to study fluid flow and allied phenomenon. 

Course Project :

CFD modeling of turbulence flow through nozzle geometry

The objective of the course project is to provide you an experience of performing a CFD simulation project from start to end. As this course is based on FLUENT software the project will not involve mesh generation task but only simulation task. The CFD problem is based on modeling turbulent flow through nozzle geometry. By the end of this project you will be confident of handling complete CFD simulation process using ANSYS FLUENT.

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LearnCAx is well known brand in CFD education. Its certificate is now globally recognized and carries a great value during the job search. Participation certificate is Level 1 certificate you can buy from PREMIUM FEATURE section above. The hard copy certificate will be delivered to you once you complete the course. After course completion, the course tutor checks the overall time spent on each lesson, the performance in various tests and then issues a certificate. LearnCAx course certificate is a must have proof of your attendance to the course and will give edge over others during recruitment process.

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FAQ

FAQs

1. What is ANSYS FLUENT?

ANSYS FLUENT is simulation software. It is a solver. It contains the broad physical modeling capabilities needed to model flow, turbulence, heat transfer, and reactions for industrial applications ranging from air flow over an aircraft wing to combustion in a furnace, from bubble columns to oil platforms, from blood flow to semiconductor manufacturing, and from clean room design to wastewater treatment plants.

2. How much popular is this software in CFD world?

Thousands of companies throughout the world benefit from the use of ANSYS Fluent software as an integral part of the design and optimization phases of their product development. It is a recognized solver in CFD world.

3. Does your course provide access to software for practice?

No. This course doesn’t have the access for software usage for practice.

4. I am weak in fundamentals of fluid dynamics or forgotten them. Can I take this course?

Our course content will help you review your fundamental knowledge about fluid dynamics. Also our course mentors will guide you on methods to strengthen your knowledge of fluid dynamics. So this is not a problem while you take the course. 

5. I have some knowledge of meshing (grid generation) using some other software. I wanted to learn simulation using CFD. Will this course be helpful to me?

Certainly you can undergo this course if you have the knowledge of grid generation using some other software. This course is more specific to learning simulation only.

6. What kind of career prospect I can look by undergoing this course? Will it be helpful for entry into CFD industries?

After undergoing this course you will be able to solve your own queries and better understanding to fluid dynamics involved into real world scenarios. You can understand and interpret the simulation results. With this skill set you can enter into CFD industry.

7. When I can start the course and how much time needed to complete the course?

The course is available all the time. To start this course you need to buy the course. After this our executive will contact you and guide you through further process in order to activate your course. The course usually gets activated within 1 to 2 working days once all processing is completed. Considering difficulty level, understanding capacity and necessary extra reading, on average, we expect this course to be finished in 4 weeks.

8. Do you provide certification?

Yes. After successful completion of the course we provide certification to our participants.

9. Do I need to know programming language to pursue this course?

No. Programming language knowledge is not mandatory. This is a software application based course.

10. How difficult is this course?

The course is designed for beginners and we believe that it’s easy for everyone.

11. I have few queries related to work I am doing. Can I contact you? 

As the course is designed for beginners, so you might have specific questions. Feel free to ask those questions using the link “Ask a Question” given on course page.

Reviews

Last Reviews

Paulo CéSar Sales Tuesday, 10 June 2014
It was my first experience of learning any CFD solver. All the lectures are well organized. Project done at the end of the course was very helpful to boost the confidence in solving CFD problem on our own.
Tushar Gawande Monday, 19 May 2014
The quality of the course content is excellent. The course content is very vast. It was not possible for me to complete this course in 4 weeks as I am a working professional. But the tutor gave me extension in course duration for 2 more weeks. Thank you very much LearnCAx for such a great course content.
Farai Marumbwa Wednesday, 02 April 2014
This course not only teaches you how to use ANSYS Fluent but also it teaches you what happens at back end of the software. After learning what happens at back end of the software, it gives a confidence while using the software.
Tung Li Tuesday, 04 February 2014
This was my first online course. Before doing this course I was very reluctant to do online course. But after doing this course my opinion has changed. There are many advantages of doing the course online. And the interactions with tutor fills the gap between online course and class room course.
Sukhwindar Singh Wednesday, 22 January 2014
The course covers everything from basics of CFD to CFD software tools. I enjoyed learning a lot. As I was new to CFD, the fundamental lectures were very helpful.
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