TEP4280 - Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Solution strategy of CFD: from fluid flow problem to post-processing of its numerical solution, Sources of error, Examples of CFD applications. Basics of partial differential equations (PDEs) in fluid dynamics, Initial value problems: hyperbolic and parabolic PDEs, Boundary value problems: elliptic PDEs, Boundary conditions, Well-posed problems. Spatial discretization methods: Finite difference method, consistency, stability, convergence, Finite volume method, Weighted residual ansatz, idea of finite element and spectral methods. Time discretization methods: Explicit and implicit methods, Linear multistep methods, Runge-Kutta methods, Stability analysis. Numerical solution of advection and wave problems: Central and upwind methods, CFL condition. Numerical solution of diffusion problems: Explicit and implicit methods, von Neumann stability analysis. Numerical solution of stationary problems and Poisson equation: Direct and iterative methods, Tridiagonal matrix algorithm (TDMA). Numerical solution of conservation laws:
Burgers’ equation, Navier-Stokes equations.

Learning outcome

Learning outcome:
The course provides an introduction to computational fluid dynamics. The students will train the numerical solution of model problems by developing and testing own MATLAB programs. The students will learn to assess the quality of numerical results and the efficiency of numerical methods for basic fluid flow model problems.
Knowledge: After completion of this course, the student will have knowledge on: - Classification of the basic equations of fluid dynamics. - Basic space and time discretization methods. - Numerical solution of advection, diffusion and stationary problems. - Numerical solution of conservation laws. - Analysis of accuracy and stability of finite difference methods for model equations.
Skills: After completion of this course, the student will have skills on: - Practical use and programming of numerical methods in fluid dynamics. - Checking and assessing the accuracy of numerical results. - Assessing the efficiency of numerical methods. - Consistency analysis and von Neumann stability analysis of finite difference methods. - Choosing appropriate boundary conditions for model problems.
General competence: After completion of this course, the student will have general competence on: - Numerical solution of model problems in fluid dynamics. - Checking and assessing basic numerical methods for fluid flow problems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and lessons. Learning is based on extensive student activity in the form of solving exercise problems. Programming in Matlab. One demonstration with a CFD tool, e.g. OpenFOAM. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. If the teaching is given in English the examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Richard H. Pletcher, John C. Tannehill, Dale A. Anderson: Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, 3rd edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2013.
Lecture notes, MATLAB templates.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D 2017-05-23 09:00 R73 , E2 , K3
Summer KONT Written examination 100/100 D 2017-08-15 09:00 KJL5 , H3 Rom 511
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.