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Computational Fluid Dynamics 5

Professor William J Easson School of Engineering and Electronics The University of Edinburgh www.see.ed.ac.uk/~bille

To provide the engineer with the understanding and practical experience required to use commercial CFD software for solving real engineering problems

• to learn how to solve problems in fluid dynamics using a commercial CFD code • to understand sufficiently the underlying fluid dynamics to appreciate the scope and limitations of the solutions • to be able to assess the errors involved in CFD simulation • To be able to interpret and present the results in an appropriate professional context

Recommended texts
• Anderson, JD: Computational Fluid Dynamics
– well written text excellent introduction – uses finite difference approach

• Versteeg, HK and Malalasekera, W: An Introduction to CFD
– good finite volume intro – Content a little out-of-date

• Ferziger, JH and Peric, M
– Excellent treatise on finite volume method for the mathematics and fluids expert

Course structure
• Wednesday 10am-10.50am, weeks 1-8
– Lecture (Ashworth 3)

• Wednesday 11.10am-1pm
– Practical (TLG)

• Week 5
– Assessment 1 (10%)

• Week 11
– Assessment 2 (40%)

• Week 13
– Examination (50%)

• Nb all dates approximate at present

How does a CFD code work?
• Preprocessor
– create geometry – mesh volume

• Processor
– solve a system of equations – approximation to subset or superset of Navier-Stokes equations

• Post-processor
– Vector plots, contour plots, integrated values (eg total pressure) – Colour For Directors

Ultrasound scan of carotid artery

Creating a 3D voxel image

Carotid image surface rendered

Carotid surface mesh
• Two examples • ShIRT (left) • Rhino (right)

Velocity streamlines (as ribbons)

Shear stress on walls

Steps to CFD
1. Divide the fluid volume (surface) up into manageable chunks (gridding) 2. Simplify the equations to be solved 3. Set boundary conditions 4. Initialise the other grid values 5. Step through the grid ensuring that these simplified equations are satisfied at the grid points and nearest neighbours

Trivial example (u=a + bx)







Getting started
• Star-CCM+ running on Linux • 60 seats licensed • One licnese per CFD5 student – rest are for researchers • Commercial cost is c. £20k per seat • 3D simulations take a long time to mesh/run • We will mainly use 2D

• New to Edinburgh • Used to use Fluent but costs now too high • You and I will be learning the software at the same time! • Things to do before next Wednesday
– Login to the Linux environment – Familiarise yourself with some basic commands – Run some of the Star-CCM+ tutorials after I email you!

Some basic linux commands
• mkdir <filename>
– creates a new directory where you are

• cd <filename>
– moves to a directory

• rm <filename>
– deletes a directory or file

• pwd
– in case you’re lost this shows you where in the directory structure you are (literally present working directory)

Any questions?

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