Course detail

CFD Modelling I

FSI-K10Acad. year: 2017/2018

The course provides basic knowledge base for future users of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software tools. Students will get acquainted with the basics of fluid dynamics and methods used in software tools for numerical simulation of fluid flows. Within a semestrial project students will acquire basic skills in the work with computational software ANSYS Fluent (namely creation of geometry, meshing, solving and postprocessing of results).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students will get acquainted with the basics of modelling fluid flows and with numerical solution of governing equations. They will acquire basic skills in the work with computational software (ANSYS Fluent).


Knowledge of mathematics, physics and thermomechanics from the bachelor study program is assumed.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Improvement of proficiency in English language, namely the ability to understand written text.

Recommended or required reading

Anderson J.D. Computational Fluid Dynamics: The Basics with Applications. McGraw Hill, 1995
V. Uruba, ‘Turbulence’, ČVUT v Praze, Fakulta strojní, 2014 (CS)
Patankar S.V. Numerical Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow. Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, 1980
J. Warnatz, U. Maas, and R. W. Dibble, Combustion: physical and chemical fundamentals, modeling and simulation, experiments, pollutant formation, 4th ed. Berlin; Heidelberg: Springer, 2006. (EN)
M. F. Modest, Radiative Heat Transfer. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993.
Versteeg, H.K., and Malalasekera, W. An introduction to computational fluid dynamics: The finite volume method. Longman Group Ltd., 1995

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through exercises which are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit will be granted upon successful completion of a technical report about the solution of a specific computational problem, which shall be carried out using a free student software version. The report must contain description of the solved problem, overview of the employed methods and solution steps including the settings of boundary conditions, as well as summary and analysis of results in both graphical and alphanumeric form.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Objective of the course is to prepare students for an efficient work with fluid flow modelling software.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Course-unit credits may be granted only to students who have regularly participated at the lessons. (Regular participation means presence in at least 10 out of total 13 lessons.)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-PRI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch M-PRI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


Computer-assisted exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. week: Course introduction, practical case studies
2. week: Mass conservation law in fluids
3. week: 2. Newton law in fluids
4. week: Energy conservation law in fluids
5. week: Species transport in fluids
6. week: Properties of governing equations and connection with flow types
7. week: Physical behaviour of various fluid flows, boundary and initial conditions
8. week: Turbulence and its modelling – what is turbulence, impact on governing equations
9. week: Overview of turbulent flow models, introduction to Finite Volume Method (FVM)
10. week: Application of FVM to heat conduction
11. week: Application of FVM to species transport by convection and diffusion
12. week: Basic discretization schemes and their properties
13. week: Solution algorithms for the system of governing equations