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Computational Fluid Dynamics MSc/PgDip/PgCert
Aviation, space, automotive, chemical and process industries, atmospheric sciences, energy, medicine and environment, micro and nanotechnology. What do all of these areas have in common? Fluid flows. Our atmosphere is fluid, our environment is, to a certain extent, fluid and even our bodies are composed primarily of fluid. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is an inherently interdisciplinary branch of science which has an extremely broad spectrum of applications.
There has been considerable growth in the development and application of CFD in all aspects of fluid dynamics. CFD has become a standard modelling tool widely utilised within industry. In a recent survey by Technavio, the global market for CFD is projected to grow at 16.5% per year due to increasing computational power and integration of CFD into the design process.
Although distributed, this industry is worth billions of pounds. As a consequence there is a considerable demand for specialists in the subject which is not covered in sufficient detail at undergraduate level.
This course has been designed to reflect the wide application of CFD. It covers a broad range of fields from aerospace, turbomachinery, multiphase flow and heat transfer, to microflows, environmental flows and fluid-structure interaction problems.
This course is suitable for graduates and professional engineers who are looking to kick-start an industrial or research career in the rapidly growing field of CFD.
The course comprises a taught component of 11 compulsory modules and 5 optional application modules, plus an individual research project.
- Introduction to Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer
- Numerical Methods for PDEs
- Numerical Modelling for Steady & Unsteady Incompressible Flows
- Numerical Modelling for Steady & Unsteady Compressible Flows
- Classical Turbulence Modelling
- Advanced Turbulence Modelling and Simulation: LES & DNS
- High Performance Computing for CFD
- Managing Uncertainty in Simulations: Validation & Verification
- Grid Generation / CAD
- Data Analysis, Data Fusion & Post Processing
- The Role of Experimental Data in CFD
- CFD for Aerospace Applications
- CFD for Micro and Nano Flows
- CFD for Rotating Wings
- CFD for Automotive Flows
- CFD for Multiphase Flows and Combustion
- CFD for Environmental Flows
The taught element of the course finishes in May, at which point you will have an excellent understanding of CFD methods and applications.
From May to September you will work full-time on an individual research project. The research project gives you the opportunity to produce a detailed piece of work either in close collaboration with industry, or on a particular topic which you are passionate about.
Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- A Study of A-pillar Vortices on the Jaguar XF Using Transitional Turbulence Models
- Aerodynamic Analysis and Optimisation of the Aegis UAV
- Performance Analysis of Hypervapotron Inlet Region
- Phase Separation of Oil-water Flow in a Pipe Bend
- CFD Simulation of a Novel CO Sensor
- Shock Wave Interaction with Biological Membranes for Drug Therapy
- High Resolution Implicit Large Eddy Simulation of Ariane 5 Aerodynamics.
The taught modules are delivered via a combination of structured lectures, and computer based labs. The core part of the course consists of 11 modules. These modules are considered to represent the necessary foundation subject material. The first 8 modules form the Postgraduate Certificate qualification. The course is designed to reflect the broad range of CFD applications by providing a range of optional modules to address specific application areas.
Taught Modules: 50% Individual Research Project: 50%
Start date: October
Duration: 1 year full-time, 3 years part-time.
Teaching location: Cranfield
The MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics at Cranfield provides a solid background so that you will be able to apply CFD methods as a tool for design, analysis and engineering applications. With a strong emphasis on understanding and application of the underlying methods, enthusiastic students will be able to write their own CFD codes during the course.
Sharing some modules with the MSc in Aerospace Dynamics gives you the opportunity to interact with students from other disciplines. In recent years, our students have been had the opportunity for work based placements at the Aircraft Research Association (ARA), European Space Agency (ESA) and DAF trucks.
This course is accredited by:
• Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
• Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
• Engineering Council
The Industrial Advisory Panel is comprised of senior industry professionals provides input into the curriculum in order to improve the employment prospects of our graduates.
The Industry Advisory Panel includes:
- Adrian Gaylord, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)
- Trevor Birch, Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
- Chris Fielding, BAE Systems
- Anastassios Kokkalis, Voith
- Stephen Rolson, EADS
- Clyde Warsop, BAE Systems
You will be taught by experienced academic staff within the Department of Engineering Physic and across the University including:
Professor Dimitris Drikakis, a member of the Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society; Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology; Chartered Engineer; Life Member of the American Physical Society; Life Senior-Member of AIAA; Member of ASME. He has been the principal investigator of several research projects funded by EPSRC, European Union and industry.
Dr Nikolas Asproulis, Course Director, is the author of over 40 journal and conferences publications, 3 book chapters, and editor in one book. He specialises in the area of micro- and nano-fluidics, solid-liquid interfaces, heat transfer, with main emphasis on the development of massively parallel molecular, continuum and hybrid methods.
Dr. László Könözsy, Research Fellow/Lecturer, college member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, member of the Scientific Society of Engineering Industry in Hungary, and referee of various international journals. He is author of over 15 journal publications, 26 conference papers, 6 book chapters, and 2 PhD theses. He has expertise in mathematical modelling, academic and industrial software development in the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in particular to RANS/ILES turbulence modelling, complex multiphase flow modelling for solidification and melting processes, and multiphysics CFD modelling of incompressible flows in micro- and nanofluidic systems.
Irene Moulitsas, Lecturer in Scientific Computing. Irene received her PhD in Scientific Computation from the University of Minnesota, US in 2005 and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Crete, Greece in 1997. Her research has focused on developing novel algorithms for enabling the efficient execution of large scientific computations on parallel processing platforms. She has developed highly efficient serial and parallel algorithms, and software, that are publicly available for use. Her research work is published in highly selective conferences and international journals and her software packages are used extensively by numerous universities, research laboratories, and companies.
Our staff are active researchers as well as tutors, with clients that include AWE, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems, MBDA, MoD and SEA. Our teaching team work closely with business and have academic and industrial experience.
Knowledge gained working with our clients is continually fed back into the teaching programme, to ensure that you benefit from the very latest knowledge and techniques affecting industry.
The course also includes visiting lecturers from industry who will relate the theory to current best practice. In recent years, our students have received lectures from industry speakers including:
- Clyde Warsop, Executive Scientist & BAE Systems Engineering Fellow BAE SYSTEMS Advanced Technology Centre
- Marco Hahn, Senior Project Scientist, ARA
- Keith McKay, Consultant, ex-BAe Systems
- Johnathan Green, Senior Project Manager, BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd
- Geoff Le Good, Managing Director, G L Aerodynamics
- Adrian Gaylard, Technical Specialist - Aerodynamics, Jaguar Land Rover
- Andy Wade, Technical Services CFD Team Leader, ANSYS
- Richard Mitchell, Technical Services Structural Mechanics Team Leader, ANSYS
- Matthew Sorrell, CFD Team Leader, Red Bull Technology
Students on the course benefit from a wealth of University-wide and Departmental computational facilities.
HPC facilities range from the 76 core Departmental HPC cluster to the 22TeraFlops, 1200 core university HPC ‘Astral’. This provides students with the opportunity to run large scale computational thesis projects.
In addition to the excellent facilities, the staff within the Department of Engineering Physics conduct world leading research into CFD methods and analysis of fluid flows in applications as diverse as nano-scale detectors through to hypersonic re-entry.
Students on the course interact closely with the academic staff, benefitting greatly from their enthusiasm and expertise.
Each student will have the opportunity to use and understand both advanced in-house codes and leading commercial software packages such as FLUENT and STAR-CCM+. This creates an exciting environment to pursue CFD studies in.
1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree or equivalent in mathematics, physics, computing or an engineering discipline.
Students whose native language is not English must have attained any of the following as evidence of English language ability:
- IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing Service): an overall minimum score of 6.5
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet based test - minimum score of 92. Our TOEFL institution code is 0822
- TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): Listening and reading test minimum score of 800. Speaking and writing test minimum score of 310
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): an overall score of 65
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a minimum of Grade C
In addition to these minimum overall test scores, you are expected to achieve a balanced score across the reading, writing, listening and speaking elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. Please note that we will only accept tests taken within two years of the start date of your course (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).
Students requiring a Tier 4 General Student visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.
Full-time UK/ EU: £6,800
Full-time International: £16,000
Part-time UK/ EU: £3,954 p.a
Part-time International: £8,500 p.a
Fees are payable annually for each year of study unless otherwise indicated.
The fees outlined here apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014 and the University reserves the right to amend fees without notice.
All students pay the tuition fee set annually by the University for the duration of their course (which may be raised year on year) unless otherwise set out in a schedule at the outset of the course and outlined above.
Additional fees for extensions to registration may be charged.
Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay international fees.
Bursaries towards tuition fees are available subject to qualifications. Please contact the Course Director, Dr Nikolas Asproulis for more information.
Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme
This course is eligible for the government and industry funded Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme. The scheme will pay MSc tuition fees (up to £9,500) on behalf of successful applicants. Bursaries will be awarded to UK and EU candidates who can demonstrate their commitment to working in the UK aerospace sector and who have been offered a place on an eligible MSc programme.
Online application form. Applicants may be invited to attend for interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.
Strategic industrial links ensure that the course meets the needs of the organisations competing within the computational sector therefore making our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for companies to recruit.
An increasing demand for CFD specialists with in depth technical knowledge and practical skills within a wide range of sectors has seen our graduates employed by leading companies including Alstom, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, European Space Agency and Bentley.
Roughly one third of our graduates go on to register for PhD degrees, many on the basis of their MSc individual research project. Thesis topics are often supplied by individual companies on in-company problems with a view to employment after graduation – an approach that is being actively encouraged by a growing number of industries.