Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is routinely employed in the aerospace industry. It is essential for organisations wishing to test and optimise their design solutions. Read more Read less

However, there are a wide range of CFD methods which can be employed for a given aerodynamic problem depending upon the time scales of the project and the required accuracy. This often leads to confusion when choosing a solution method for a given problem and in many cases, the wrong choice is made leading to inaccurate solutions.
This course gives an overview of external flow problems in aeronautical and aerospace applications. It then details the different CFD methods which can be employed for subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic flow regimes. This ranges from methods for design which can compute flow properties in a matter of seconds on a desktop machine, through to those methods which require supercomputing facilities. The course finishes with a series of case studies demonstrating appropriate use of CFD methods in aerospace design.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration3 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,250 Concessions available

Course structure

This three day course features practical examples. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

Following this course you will have a critical awareness of the range of external flow problems in aeronautical and aerospace applications in which CFD methods can be used. You will be able to critically evaluate the limitations of each potential CFD method, and then select the appropriate one to be used in a given aeronautical or aerospace flow.
The sponsoring organisation benefits from having an employee or researcher who has a broad appreciation of the methods which can be employed in different at different flow speeds and for different applications (i.e.choice of method tailored to both operating conditions and required output). This will have a direct impact on the capability of the candidate, and hence improve the quality of projects delivered.

Core content

The course features lectures on:

  • External Flow Problems in Aeronautical/Aerospace Applications
  • CFD Methods for Subsonic
  • Supersonic and Hypersonic Regimes
  • CFD Methods for Design
  • Application Case Studies.

Who should attend

This course is ideal for:

  • employees within SME’s looking to use CFD in future aerospace projects
  • larger businesses wishing to provide convenient and accessible continuing professional development to staff working in this field
  • researchers or students who plan to use CFD methods as part of an aeronautical or aerospace related research project
  • experienced engineers looking for a refresher course.


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.


  • Dr Panagiotis Tsoutsanis - Lecturer in Computational Fluid Dynamics


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.