SEM400 - Computational Fluid Dynamics


2024 unit information

Offering information:

Available at the Burwood (Melbourne) campus from 2027

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

SEM218, SEP291 and one unit from SEM202, SEM314.  

For students enrolled in S752: Nil

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour seminar per week (weeks 1-7), 2 x 2 hour practical experiences (laboratories) per week (weeks 8-11).

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 1 hour seminar per week (weeks 1-7), 2 x 1 hour seminars per week (weeks 8-11).  Students are required to attend and participate in practical experience (laboratory) activities at the Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Campus for the scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive activities as detailed in the unit site.


There has been considerable growth in the development and application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and has become a standard tool in many process industries. This course aims to introduce the basics of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), the importance of flow phenomena and various numerical tools and how CFD can be applied for solving multi-physics problems. It covers a broad range of field from aerodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, multiphase flows and haemodynamics and fluid-structure interaction.  This unit will cover several topics of numerical modelling as applied to CFD simulations, particularly in cross-disciplinary environment.  The unit will utilise and build upon the knowledge you have gained in your previous studies on fluid mechanics, heat-transfer, material behaviour, and solid modelling (CAD). The topic will cover different partial differential equations (NS equations), wall effects, modelling of two phase flow (simple cases), interface tracking methods and fluid-structure interaction. 

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