Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has now gained wide acceptance in the automotive industry. Typical applications range from thermal management, acoustic noise predictions, lift and drag calculations and combustion efficiency and emissions. Read more Read less

This course gives an overview of internal and external applications. It then details the different CFD methods which can be applied to each of the wide ranges of flow types present. The methods will be discussed in terms of range of applicability, expected accuracy and computational expense. In addition, a series of case studies demonstrating appropriate use of CFD methods in automotive design will be presented. Finally, hands-on experience is gained using the commercial software FLUENT and a panel method (for rapid assessment of aerodynamic loading).

At a glance

Course structure

All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the two-day course.

What you will learn

Following this course you will have a critical awareness of the range of internal and external flows 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 automotive problem.

The sponsoring organisation benefits from having an employee or researcher who has a broad appreciation of the CFD methods which can be employed in each of the vastly different flow types present in a typical vehicle. 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:

  • Application Areas for CFD in Automotive Engineering
  • Appropriate Choice of CFD Technique
  • CFD as a Complement to Experiment
  • High Performance Computing and Design Optimisation
  • Data Analysis.

Who should attend

This course is ideal for:

  • employees within SME’s looking to use CFD in future automotive 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 automotive 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 Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Engineering Council.


MSc CFD Teaching Team


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.