This course aims to introduce course members to computationally-based flow modelling, applicable mainly to single and multi-phase flows.

Providing experience in the use of a widely available commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes through enhanced understanding of the complex viscous flow and heat transfer phenomena involved.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,700. The course fee includes lunch and refreshments during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

This course is delivered through a balanced combination of lectures and practical sessions over a week. Two days will cover an introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics and three days will be used for practical sessions.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Assemble and evaluate the different components of a CFD process,
  • Explain the governing equations for fluid flows and how to solve them computationally,
  • Compare and contrast various methods for simulating turbulent flows applicable to mechanical and process engineering,
  • Set-up simulations and evaluate a practical problem using a commercial CFD package,
  • Design CFD modelling studies for use in industrial design of complex systems.

Core content

  • Introduction to CFD & thermo-fluids
    • introduction to the physics of thermo-fluids,
    • governing equations (continuity, momentum, energy and species conservation) and state of the art Computational Fluid Dynamics including modelling, grid generation, simulation, and high performance computing,
    • case study of an Industrial problem and the physical process that CFD can be used to analyse.
  • Computational Engineering Exercise
    • specification for a CFD simulation,
    • requirements for accurate analysis and validation for multi scale problems,
    • introduction to turbulence & practical applications of Turbulence Models,
    • introduction to turbulence and turbulent flows,
    • traditional turbulence modelling.
  • Advanced Turbulence Modelling
    • Reynolds-averaged Navier Stokes equations (RANS) simulations,
    • Large Eddy Simulation (LES).
  • Practical sessions: 
    • a fluid process problem will be solved employing the widely-used industrial flow solver FLUENT,
    • lectures will be followed by practical sessions to set up and simulate a problem incrementally,
    • practical will cover the entire CFD process including geometric modelling, grid generation, flow solver setting-up, analysis, visualisation and validation.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

10 Credit Points towards following MSc courses: 

Energy Systems and Thermal Processes

Process Systems Engineering

Who should attend

This course will be of particular interest to engineers and postgraduate researchers of the oil/gas and energy sector with no prior experience in CFD. This course will also be suited to industry delegates wishing to learn how to use commercial CFD tools.


Dr. Patrick Verdin - Senior Research Fellow


10% discount applies if booked eight weeks in advance. 10% discount for third and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Discounts can be combined.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus 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

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