Course detail

CFD for Aerospace

FSI-OCFAcad. year: 2020/2021

Introduction, historical background. Algorithms of CFD problems solution. Mathematical model - governing equations. Finite difference method and finite volumes method - formulation and theory. Discretization. Numerical solution of systems of algebraic equations. Turbulence modelling, compressible flows and other particular advanced models. Practical guidelines to solutions of engineering problem in area of aerospace external aerodynamics.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will gain knowledge about numerical approach to solution of Navier-Stokes equations, practical implementation of CFD codes, about methodical approach to simulation model preparation and practical solution of concrete particular flows. Also industrial standards for computational fluid dynamics problems simulations is presented.


Mathematics (mainly differential and integral calculus), physics (hydrodynamics and thermomechanics, gasdynamics), aerodynamics of low speed flows.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Anderson, J., D., Computational Fluid Dynamics, McGraw-Hill Education, ISBN-10: 0070016852
Tu, J., Yeoh, G., H., Liu, Ch., Computational Fluid Dynamics - A practical approach, Butterworth-Heineman, ISBN 978-0-7506-8563-4 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures with use of selected particular CFD code.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Participation at seminars and laboratory exercises is obligatory. Participation at lectures is voluntary. Course-unit credits will be awarded only if: - participation at practical exercises is greater than 11 of 14, - homework assignments are correctly elaborated and submitted, - report of laboratory measurement is submitted, - all problems presented at exercises are correctly finished.. Examination comprises written and possible oral parts. The written one consists of 5 test questions and 2 calculations. Each question per 10 points, each calculation per 20 points. At least 45 points is necessary to pass the exam. Oral part is optional in a case of necessity to clarify some answers from written part.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of course is to familiarize students with theoretical fundamentals of finite volume method for computational fluid dynamics. Also to present industrial standards of CFD tools implementation for external aerodynamics in aerospace industry.

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

Student have to solve all problems presented at exercises. If presence at exercises is less then 50 % student has to compensate missed exercises individually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-LKT-P Master's

    specialization STL , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
    specialization TLT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction and historical perspective.
Algorithm of CFD solution.
Mathematical apparatus of CFD.
Finite volume method.
Turbulence modelling.
Numerical solution of algebraic equations system.
Practical approach to simulation - industry perspective.
Compressible flows.

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Generation of geometrical model of simulated problem = preprocessing.
Grid generation.
CFD code solution.
Postprocessing - qualitative and quantitative data assessment.