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AMME5202: Computational Fluid Dynamics (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME5202: Computational Fluid Dynamics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
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: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: 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.
Assumed Knowledge: Partial differential equations; Finite difference methods; Taylor series; Basic fluid mechanics including pressure, velocity, boundary layers, separated and recirculating flows. Basic computer programming skills.
Lecturer/s: Professor Armfield, Steve
Dr Zecevic, Vanja
Tutor/s: Dr. Vanja Zecevic
Timetable: AMME5202 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Independent Study 5.00 1 13
2 Laboratory 2.00 1 12
3 Lecture 1.00 1 13
4 Tutorial 1.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Laboratory: Tutorial problems will be addressed during scheduled computer laboratory sessions

Lecture: Lectures

Tutorial: Tutorials

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
Fundamental knowledge of computational fluid dynamics (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Specific applications of CFD to industrial and environmental flows (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5)
Students are required to propose their own flow problem for their major assignment. (4) Design (Level 5)
Students work in groups on their major assignment.
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.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
Student groups are fully responsible for management of their major assignment. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5)
Students are required to write a final report equivalent to a consulting report. (8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
1. Ability to write a consulting report
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5)
2. Ability to plan and manage a major group project
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5)
3. 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) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 5)
4. Ability to use a state of the art commercial computational fluid dynamics package.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
5. The ability to write a basic Navier-Stokes solver and to assess the stability, accuracy and convergence of Navier-Stokes solvers.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 * No 10.00 Week 6 1, 3, 4,
2 Lab report 1 No 4.00 Week 6 1, 3, 4,
3 Assignment 1 * No 15.00 Week 7 5,
4 Lab report 2 No 4.00 Week 9 1, 3, 4,
5 Assignment 2 * No 15.00 Week 10 5,
6 Lab report 3 No 4.00 Week 11 1, 3, 4,
7 Quiz 2 * No 10.00 Week 12 1, 3, 4,
8 Major project * Yes 30.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 5,
9 Lab attendance/completion Yes 8.00 Multiple Weeks
Assessment Description: * Indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if the student misses it due to special consideration.

All assignments will need to be handed in via the similarity detecting software Turnitin.

Assignments: Three assignments based on developing computer programs using MATLAB which are then used to solve fluid dynamics problems.

Lab reports: Eight 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.
Grading:
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 http://sydney.edu.au/policies . 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: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
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: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Explicit finite difference discretisation of diffusion equation.
Solution approach.
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.
Week 6 Gauss-Seidel.
Alternating direction implicit.
Direct.
Jacobi.
Assessment Due: Quiz 1 *
Assessment Due: Lab report 1
Week 7 Finite volume method
Assessment Due: Assignment 1 *
Week 8 Solution methods for the Navier-Stokes equations.
Projection.
MAC.
Week 9 Boundary conditions for pressure.
Boundary conditions for velocity and scalars.
Assessment Due: Lab report 2
Week 10 Direct simulation.
Turbulent flow.
Assessment Due: Assignment 2 *
Week 11 Mixing length.
Cartesian tensors.
Turbulence models.
Assessment Due: Lab report 3
Week 12 Reynolds Stress.
k-epsilon.
Assessment Due: Quiz 2 *
Week 13 Large eddy simulation.
Assessment Due: Major project *

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical (till 2014) 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Arts 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Commerce 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Medical Science 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Project Management 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Law 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2014
Aeronautical (Space) (till 2014) 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Law 2014
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Arts 2015, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical / Science 2015
Aeronautical / Law 2015, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical (Space) 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Arts 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Law 2015
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical (Space) 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechanical (till 2014) 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Arts 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Commerce 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Project Management 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Law 2014
Mechanical (Space) (till 2014) 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Biomedical) 2011, 2012
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Aerospace) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Biomedical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Mechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) Yes 18.17%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5) Yes 7.5%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) Yes 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 5) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 5) Yes 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5) Yes 18.17%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 5) No 10.67%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 37.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.