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MAS536 CFD in Energy Technology

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

The objective of the course is to learn the main principles of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with an emphasis on typical problems of heat- and mass transfer relevant to energy technology. To comply with FNs sustainable development goals, the course provides information on how the numerical technology is used for energy optimization, simulation of renewable energy systems, and development of new sustainable workflows.

The course considers physical models used in the commercial CFD software, explains how the models are implemented and solved numerically, and how a user interprets/validates the simulation results.


Module I. Numerical methods: discretization, basic numerical techniques for, stability of numerical schemes

Module II. Commercial CFD software: the simulation workflow, automatic meshing, standard solvers, post-processing of data

Learning Outcome

KnowledgeThe student…

  • has detailed insight into the numerical methods used for the solution of governing equations of fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • can apply physical models, methods of discretization, and solvers available in the commercial CFD software
  • know how to assess the simulation results critically

SkillsThe student …

  • can solve a simplified CFD problem in Matlab
  • master a commercial CFD software
  • validate the simulation results

General competence

The student…

  • can write a technical report
  • can study relevant scientific literature, software manuals, and tutorials

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

MAS305 CFD for Engineers

Teaching methods

lectures, numerical tutorials

Compulsory learning activities

2 numerical projects to be delivered and approved within a given deadline


Individual oral exam, 1 hour

Grading scale: A-E (pass) / F (fail)

Examination support material

calculator, laptop with the installed commercial software

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