Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics

Date: Monday 23 January 2017 to Friday 27 January 2017

Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode (near Brussels), Belgium
Contact : VKI secretariat, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Phone: +32 2 359 96 04





The objective of these lecture series on "Introduction to CFD" is to provide an elementary tutorial presentation on computational fluid dynamics (CFD), emphasizing the fundamentals and surveying a variety of solution techniques whose applications range from low speed incompressible flow to hypersonic flow. The course is aimed at persons who have had little or no experience in this field, both recent graduates as well as professional engineers, and will provide

  • an insight into the philosophy and power of CFD
  • an understanding of the mathematical nature of the fluid dynamics equations
  • a familiarity with various solution techniques

Earth AtmosphereAt the conclusion of the course, an attendee will be well prepared to understand the literature in this field, to follow more sophisticated state-of-the-art lecture series, and to begin the application of CFD to his or her special areas of concern. The techniques to be discussed will be applicable to all fields of fluid dynamics including aeronautics, industrial flows, wind energy etc.

The principal lecturer Dr. M. Perić is co-author of a well known monography on Computational Methods for Fluid Dynamics. The Director of this lecture series is Professor H. Deconinck of the von Karman Institute.






Preliminary programme

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Monday 23 January 2017

  • 08:30     Registration
  • 09:00     Welcome, introductory remarks
  • 09:15     Introduction to CFD and properties of numerical solution methods
    Dr. M. Perić, "CoMeT" GmbH and University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • 10:30    Coffee break    
  • 11:00     Governing equations in various forms and the consequences for CFD
    Dr. M. Perić
  • 12:15    Lunch
  • 14:00     Basic principles of finite-difference and finite volume discretization      
    Dr. M. Perić
  • 15:15    Coffee break
  • 15:45     Time-integration methods, boundary and initial conditions, and solution approaches         
    Dr. M. Perić
  • 17:00     Reception

Tuesday 24 January 2017

  • 09:00     Multigrid acceleration, accuracy aspects and error estimation in CFD
    Dr. M. Perić
  • 10:15    Coffee break
  • 10:45    Parallel computing in CFD
    Dr. M. Perić
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 14:00     Discretization methods for complex geometries
    Dr. M. Perić
  • 15:15    Coffee Break
  • 15:45     Solution methods for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations
    Dr. M. Perić

Wednesday 25 January 2017

  • 09:00     Solution methods for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations  (Cont’d)
    Dr. M. Perić
  • 10:15    Coffee break
  • 10:45     Finite volume methods
    Prof. H. Deconinck, von Karman Institute, Belgium
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 14:00     Introduction to finite element methods
    Prof. H. Deconinck
  • 15:15    Coffee Break
  • 15:45     Introduction to finite element methods (Cont’d)
    Prof. H. Deconinck

Thursday 26 January 2017

  • 09:00    Implicit time dependent methods for compressible flow  problems (Cont’d)
    Prof. G. Degrez
  • 10:15    Coffee break
  • 10:45    Well-posedness of equations and numerical consequences for simple flow problems
    Prof. G. Degrez, von Karman Institute, Belgium
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 14:00     Stability properties of time integration methods                
    Prof. G. Degrez
  • 15:15    Coffee Break
  • 15:45     Construction of implicit time dependent methods for compressible flow problems 
    Prof. G. Degrez

Friday 27 January 2017

  • 09:00     Aspects of CFD computations with commercial packages
    Prof. J. Vierendeels, University of Gent, Belgium
  • 10:15    Coffee break
  • 10:45     A brief introduction to turbulence models
    Dr.-Ing. F. Menter, Ansys, Germany
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 14:00    A brief introduction to turbulence models (Cont’d)
    Dr.-Ing. F. Menter
  • 15:15    End of the Lecture Series

Fee & Registration

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