Given current challenges due to global warming, population growth and ambitious architects, CFD is being increasingly employed to determine the likelihood of flooding, pollution dispersion in the atmosphere, sediment transport in rivers, wind loading on buildings, and wind distributions for wind farm placement. Read more Read less

This short course gives an introduction to all of the above environmental flows with an emphasis on detailing the theoretical problem, then describing current empirical engineering design standards and finally the role of cutting-edge CFD methods such as Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes and Large Eddy Simulation. It also includes hands on experience using commercial software for environmental flows.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 13 - 15 Feb 2019
  • DurationTwo and a half days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,250 The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

This course includes hand-on experience with an environmental flow software package. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

This course will give you a concise introduction to environmental flow problems in wide ranging areas. Most notably, you will be able to critically assess a given flow; will be aware of empirical results which can be used for software validation, and will appreciate which CFD models can be applied.

This short course will benefit the sponsoring organisation by training providing a broad appreciation of the many facets of environmental flows in one compact course.

Core content

The course features lectures on:

  • Atmospheric Boundary Layer
  • Pollution Dispersion
  • Rivers, Estuaries and Tidal flows
  • Sediment Transport
  • Building and Urban Aerodynamics
  • Free-surface and Shallow-water flows (flood prediction).

Who should attend

The course is ideal for individuals who are already competent in the use of CFD. It attracts individuals who are:

  • looking to employ CFD for environmental problems;
  • architects or civil engineers who need a refresher course on prediction of wind loading or pedestrian wind environments;
  • currently working in the wind engineering industry or in flood prediction.

If you do not have experience with CFD then please refer to our short courses: CFD: A Comprehensive Introduction and/or Advanced Turbulence Modelling and Simulation.


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.



10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance.

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.