Computational Fluid Dynamics (501H3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

In this module, you cover:

  • basic governing equations of fluid flow
  • discretization of governing equations
  • grid generation
  • turbulence modelling
  • numerical methods for incompressible and compressible flow
  • boundary conditions
  • simulation/analysis of a turbulent flow problem using the commercial software package ANSYS Workbench.

If you are an MEng or MechE student, you must have already taken the 'Fundamental Computational Fluid Dynamics' module (H3054), in order to take this module.

If you are an MSc Auto student, you must already have experience of Computational Fluid Dynamics in order to take this module.


38%: Lecture
62%: Practical (Laboratory)


50%: Coursework (Report)
50%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 53 hours of contact time and about 97 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: