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There are several phenomena which are specific to flows at small scales, and in addition there are several methods which can potentially be employed depending upon which phenomena may be of importance to a specific problem. This has applications in the fields of biology (e.g. flow through membranes, delivery of drugs), sensors (e.g. detection of small quantities of gases) and a whole host of micro devices such as mass flow meters or micro-nozzles.

This course discusses in depth the flow physics associated with micro-scale flows, and details the methods which can be employed to analyse them. This includes the use of continuum models (CFD) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) approaches, including the limitations of the two methods. Current cutting edge multiscale modelling approaches are also detailed, where both large and small scale effects come into play.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 27 Feb - 01 Mar 2019
  • Duration3 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£850. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

This three day course features a hands-on session using the commercial software FLUENT to simulate micro-scale flows. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

You will gain a detailed understanding of the physics of micro-scale flows, what computational tools can be used to analyse such flows and what are the limitations of each computational method. Furthermore, you will understand the interaction of the different scales and how multiscale approaches work.

The employee/sponsor will benefit from a researcher who has a thorough base in micro-scale flows. They will be capable of understanding the flow physics of a given micro device, choosing an appropriate modelling method, applying it and verifying the accuracy of the results.

Core content

The course features lectures on:

  • Introduction to micro- and nanoscale phenomena
  • Application of CFD methods in micro- and nanoscience
  • Borderline continuum/molecular models and their domains of applicability
  • Multiscale modelling.

Who should attend

This course is ideal for those who are:

  • looking to employ CFD/MD for micro-scale flow problems but are not sure how/where to start
  • SMEs wanting to include CFD in their design process for micro-flow devices
  • experienced engineers who would like a refresher course on the current state-of-the-art in micro-flow 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.


  • Dr Laszlo Konozsy - Lecturer


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.