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AMME4210: Computational Fluid Dynamics (2013 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME4210: Computational Fluid Dynamics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Armfield, Steve
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: MECH3261 OR AERO3260.
Prohibitions: This unit has been replaced by AMME5202
Brief Handbook Description: This unit has been superceded by AMME5202.
Assumed Knowledge: AMME2200 AND ENGG1801 AND MATH1001 AND MATH1002 AND MATH1003 AND MATH2061.
Lecturer/s: Professor Armfield, Steve
Timetable: AMME4210 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 12
3 Laboratory 2.00 1 12
4 Independent Study 5.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Approximately 5 hours per week of independent study outside of scheduled hours are required to complete the course assessments.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Students are required to propose their own flow problem for their major assignment. Design (Level 5)
Specific applications of CFD to industrial and environmental flows Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
Fundamental knowledge of computational fluid dynamics Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Students are required to write a complex two-dimensional solver in the language of their choice, and to learn the use of an advanced computational package. Information Seeking (Level 4)
Students work in groups on their major assignment. Communication (Level 4)
Students are required to write a final report equivalent to a consulting report. Professional Conduct (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 5)
1. The ability to write a basic Navier-Stokes solver and to assess the stability, accuracy and convergence of Navier-Stokes solvers.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
2. The ability to 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.
3. Ability to use a state of the art commercial computational fluid dynamics package.
Communication (Level 4)
4. Ability to write a consulting report
Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
5. Ability to plan and manage a major group project
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 10.00 Week 5 1,
2 Assignment No 10.00 Week 8 1,
3 Assignment No 10.00 Week 10 1,
4 Project Yes 30.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 5,
5 Lab Report No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 4,
6 Quiz No 10.00 Week 6 2, 3, 4,
7 Quiz No 10.00 Week 12 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Assignment 1.

Assignment: Assignment 2

Assignment: Assignment 3.

Project: Group Project

Lab Report: Weekly lab reports must be submitted from week 5 to week 11.

Quiz: Quiz 1

Quiz: Quiz 2
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: All university policies can be found at

Policies and request forms for the Faculty of Engineering and IT can be found on the forms and policies page of the faculty website at
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Solution approach.
Explicit finite difference discretisation of diffusion equation.
Navier-Stokes equations.
Week 2 Inversion.
Implicit finite difference discretisation of diffusion equation.
Week 3 Accuracy and stability.
Week 4 Finite difference discretisation of the advection/diffusion equation.
Week 5 Accuracy stability of the advection diffusion equation.
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 6 Jacobi.
Alternating direction implicit.
Assessment Due: Quiz
Week 7 Finite volume method
Week 8 Solution methods for the Navier-Stokes equations.
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 9 Boundary conditions for velocity and scalars.
Boundary conditions for pressure.
Week 10 Turbulent flow.
Direct simulation.
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 11 Turbulence models.
Cartesian tensors.
Mixing length.
Week 12 k-epsilon.
Reynolds Stress.
Assessment Due: Quiz
Week 13 Large eddy simulation.
Assessment Due: Project

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Medical Science 2010, 2011, 2012
Aeronautical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechanical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechanical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Arts 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Commerce 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Project Management 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Science 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Law 2012
Mechanical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering / Law 2010
Mechanical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 5) Yes 37.5%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5) Yes 34.16%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 0%
Information Seeking (Level 4) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 4) Yes 20.83%
Professional Conduct (Level 4) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 7.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.