SEM400 - Computational Fluid Dynamics


2021 unit information

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

SEM218, SEP291 and one unit from SEM202, SEM314.  For students enrolled in S752: Nil



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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Week 1-7: 2 x 1 hour class per week (face-to-face/online), 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, Week 8-11: 2 x 2 hour seminar per week (CAD lab)

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Week 1-7: 2 x 1 hour online class per week, 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week, Week 8-11: 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week. Students are required to attend and participate in practical activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus for 1 day during the trimester intensive week (typically week 9) which aligns with summative assessment task 2. 


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. 

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must meet certain milestones by Week 8 as part of the portfolio submission.

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