Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is both a popular field of scientific research and an engineering tool to simulate the flow inside or around bodies.

Using numerical methods and advanced algorithmic techniques, engineers and scientists can accurately predict the flow physics and quantify the forces exerted on bodies. 

As the course is hands-on, you will be able to apply your knowledge using the latest and most popular software to pre-process, solve, post-process and validate CFD data. The highly-skilled facilitators will demonstrate the use of CFD for industrial-scale applications through case studies. 

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1850.   The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

In addition to the lectures, half of the five day course focuses on hands on experience including using ICEM and Pointwise to generate computational grids, FLUENT to analyse low and high speed flows, and TECPLOT to analyse and visualise the results. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On completion of the course you will be able to appreciate the fundamentals of fluid dynamics and numerical technique and understand the formal workflow of modern CFD processes.

Core content

The course features lectures on:

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Grid generation methods
  • Numerical methods
  • CFD for high speed flows
  • CFD for low speed flows
  • Principles of verification and validation
  • Turbulence modelling
  • Post-processing and visualisation.

Who should attend

This course is ideal for:

  • employees within SMEs looking to use CFD in future projects; 
  • larger business wishing to provide convenient and accessible continuing professional development to staff working in this field;
  • engineers starting to incorporate CFD into their existing design processes;
  • researchers or students, who plan to use CFD during their research project;
  • experienced engineers looking for refresher course on the basics of CFD and the capabilities of modern cutting-edge software methods.


This short course is a module within the MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Engineering Council.


MSc CFD teaching Team


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.