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MAS305 CFD for Engineers

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

The course introduces the use of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software for calculating selected topics in engineering. The aim of the course is to provide students with the necessary practical basics and knowledge of possibilities and limitations related to numerical fluid calculations. They will also learn to perform relevant simulations.

  • Introduction to CFD using examples related to the student’s study programme
  • Repetition of basic fluid dynamics
  • Numerical calculation methods and theory - possibilities and limitations of using different CFD software and numerical methods
  • Introduction to CFD software
  • Introduction to mesh generation

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course, the student must have the following qualifications:


  • Explain basic concepts in the course
  • Know different numerical calculation methods for calculating fluid-structure interactions
  • Know the possibilities and limitations associated with the calculation methodology and software used
  • Good understanding of when it is appropriate to use CFD software over other general or dedicated software / methods
  • Know the balance between time efficiency and accuracy


  • Use software to import / export geometric files between relevant software
  • The candidate can decide when a result is satisfactory, even when it is not physically correct with respect to the limitations of the software.
  • Run simple simulations in CFD software

General competence

  • Reflect on own professional practice, work in groups and write a technical report

Entry requirements

Approved compulsory work in MAS220 Basic Fluid Mechanics, or KJE102 Applied Fluid Mechanics, or equivalent

Approved compulsory work in 3D Modelling and drawing from one of the following courses: ING125/ING126/MAS101/MAS105/MAS207, or equivalent

Teaching methods

Lectures, Exercise, Projects

Students get access to CFD software on their own PC.

Compulsory learning activities

Project-based teaching consisting of the following parts:

  • 4 of 5 individual submissions must be approved before given deadlines.
  • Detailed guidelines and deadlines are announced at the start of the semester.

Approved compulsory submissions are valid for 4 semesters.


Part 1: Individual project assignment (counts 50% of the grade).

Part 2: Oral individual exam (counts 50% of the grade).

Both parts must be passed for the subject to be passed.

Grade scale: A - E / F, where F does not correspond to pass

Marine students have the opportunity to choose between assignments that are performed in either ANSYS or Open FOAM when completing the individual project assignment.

Examination support material

Project: All aids are allowed

Oral exam: No aids are allowed

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • MAS103 - 3D-Modellering og CFD analyse - Reduction: 5 studypoints