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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.

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.

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.