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CIVL6669: Applied Fluid Engineering Computing (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL6669: Applied Fluid Engineering Computing (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Associate Professor Lei, Chengwang
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CIVL5669.
Brief Handbook Description: The objective of this unit is to provide students with advanced knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques and skills in solving thermal fluid flow problems relevant to Civil and Environmental Engineering applications. Students will also gain experience in using a state-of-the-art commercial CFD package and advanced understanding of a range of engineering problems through working on projects.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL3612 OR CIVL9612. Understanding of fluid mechanics at the undergraduate level; Appreciation of fluid flow problems relevant to Civil and Environmental Engineering applications; Basic computer skills and some understanding of numerical methods.
Lecturer/s: Associate Professor Lei, Chengwang
Timetable: CIVL6669 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 13
3 Laboratory 2.00 1 13
4 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Lecture: Contents to be covered in lectures include an overview of CFD process, various aspects of CFD, CFD good practice guide, turbulence modelling and CFD applications in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Tutorial: The tutorial sessions help the students to use a commercial CFD package to deal with fluid flow problems.

Laboratory: Students practice using the commercial CFD package through working on assignments and projects during the laboratory sessions.

Independent Study: Approximately 6 hours per week of independent study outside of scheduled hours are required to work on assessments and projects.

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.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Skills to formulate and solve engineering problems using CFD tools.
2. Understanding of advanced CFD approaches for dealing with turbulent and complex fluid flows.
3. Advanced understanding of a range of fluid flow problems relevant to Civil and Environmental Engineering applications.
4. Ability to use a state-of-the-art commercial CFD package to solve engineering problems.
5. Advanced understanding of CFD procedures through both in-class and self learning.
6. Being able to present CFD based solutions and analyses through technical reports.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 20.00 Week 5 4, 5, 6,
2 Project 1 Report No 30.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
3 Project 2 Report Yes 40.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Project 2 Presentation No 10.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Assignment:

Review of CFD applications in Civil & Environmental Engineering; CFD problem formulation and mesh generation; Numerical tests and accuracy

Project 1:

CFD study of plume/fountain flows or transport in coastal waters

Project 2:

Advanced CFD study of an elective topic relevant to Civil & Environmental Engineering

Statistically and educationally defensible methods may be used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes and grade descriptors.

Criteria for Passing

• Submission of the assignment;

• Participation in both projects and achieving individual project mark of at least 45%;

• An overall mark of at least 50%.

Students who do not meet all these criteria will not receive a pass in the unit of study, and regardless of their performance in individual components of the unit of study, will not receive a mark greater than 47%.

The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.
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: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to CFD
Week 2 Basic CFD approaches
Week 3 Boundaries and boundary conditions
Week 4 Numerical accuracy and stability
Week 5 Verification, validation and best practice guide
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 6 Special topic 1: Plumes, jets and fountains
Week 7 Introduction and description of turbulent flows
Week 8 Direct numerical simulation
Week 9 Special topic 2: Mixing and transport in reservoirs
Assessment Due: Project 1 Report
Week 10 Special topic 3: Environmental load on structures
Week 11 RANS turbulence models
Week 12 Large Eddy Simulation
Week 13 Review
Assessment Due: Project 2 Report
Assessment Due: Project 2 Presentation
STUVAC (Week 14) This week is left free for independent study.
Exam Period Any Exam or Quiz worth more than 30% of the final assessment will be scheduled in this two week period.

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Fluids) 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Engineering 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2016
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2016

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%

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.