MECHENG 711 : Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Application of computational methods to fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Finite volume and finite difference methods. Convergence and stability. Mesh generation and post-processing. Application of commercial computer programs to industrial problems. An individual project in which the student will be required to apply a commercial CFD code to a research problem of the student's choice.

Course Overview

The objective of this course is to equip engineers with the skills necessary to apply Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to the solution of problems or the design of equipment involving fluid motion and/or heat and mass transfer.

The objective will be met by providing exposure to the commercial CFD package CFX together with the underpinning theoretical methodologies and analysis tools.  The use of potential flow methods will also be discussed.  An important focus will be the issue of estimating how well the CFD predictions are true representations of physical reality.

Assignments will explore aspects of CFD technology via sample problems (using packages) or numerical hand exercises.  A research project will enable the student to demonstrate how well they have understood the way that a CFD package can be used in the engineering context.

Topics covered include:
  1. Governing equations of fluid flow and heat transfer
  2. Finite difference and finite volume approximations of the governing equations
  3. Solution methods and boundary conditions
  4. Turbulence and its simulation or modelling
  5. Meshing
  6. Application to particular problems
  7. Alternative solver methods, parallelisation
This is a level 9 course for postgraduate study, with a 30% individual research project that is assessed at this level. The course is taught concurrently with the level 8 course MECHENG 718 which is intended for undergraduate study.

Course Requirements

Restriction: MECHENG 718

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply knowledge of the underlying methodology used to solve heat and flow problems using CFD (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Understand and apply models of turbulence (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  3. Develop basic skills in modelling flow problems using a propriety CFD package (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  4. Apply knowledge of fluid flow and CFD to model a complex problem (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  5. Communicate solutions of a complex flow problem to the class (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 20% Individual Coursework
Project 30% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Final Exam

Students must sit the exam to pass the course. Otherwise, a DNS result will be returned.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, each week you can expect 3 hours of lectures (for the first 8 weeks of semester), and 7 hours of reading and having deep thoughts about the content, working on problem sheets, working an assignments, or working on your project. In the last 4 weeks when there are no lectures you are expected to work 10 hours per week working on your individual project.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Lectures will be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events including group discussions or tutorials.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable for the first 8 weeks of semester.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Health & Safety

Students must ensure they are familiar with their Health and Safety responsibilities, as described in the university's Health and Safety policy.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.


Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 15/07/2022 08:35 a.m.