Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) In Academics Project.


From last decade, I had observed the use of CFD term in most of the academic Projects. This is quite appraisable because Dr. Suhas Pathankar (Alumni of Pune University) works in the field of Numerical Simulations. But still there was a fear in UG students to enter in this field of CFD, that makes them uncomfortable in further study. So, my objectives are to provide solution for the problem and generating Creative environments in Engineering Campuses.

First of all, Engineering or Technology degree never end up without Academic Project at UG or PG level. General Engineering branches like Aerospace, Civil, Chemical, Computer and Mechanical can be use CFD tool for their project simulation. Apart from these branches others can also use this tool for numerical simulation of fluid flow, phase change and energy transfer phenomenon. As per discipline anybody can use the perspective of CFD Software tool for the analysis of their branch. CFD Software tools are mainly consist of Mathematical relations, Computational Optimization, Fluid & Energy Transfer relations that will also be included in most of engineering branches.

In the most of engineering campuses one of the Analysis and Engineering Simulation software is mandatory, so they go for commercial software first. But now a day as initiative taken   by most of the IIT’s and Dean Universities, works to generate open source software for analysis and engineering simulation and also generating documentation for the same. I had also used (in mechanical engineering discipline point of view) some commercial software are Ansys, Altair, CD-Adapco, Comsol, etc. And open source software like OpenFOAM, Discretizer, Paraview, etc.

Good thing about commercial software is that, they have good amount of documents & tutorial for new user of CFD. But still I would like to prefer open source software of CFD because of limitless use of features of tool that has been restrict by commercial software. As of now few people have started working on open source tool, so their references helps us to know about software more than earlier. Also, it reduces commercial aspect from institute’s point of view.

I would like to categories the use of CFD tool at different level of academic user like UG, PG research. At UG level, we should expect from student to develop simulation using CFD tool for their experimental Trial and explanation of Physics. Whereas at PG level, student individually should validate the physical model and optimize it for further use in similar field with all numerical terms evolved in it. And at research level student should develop the code or methodology of CFD tool for specific engineering use.

As academics is going to work on CFD tool for Engineering Analysis and Simulation, most of the Industrial problems we could able to solve by optimizing experimental trial cost. With this hope of initialization in Academic Project of Engineering Campuses.


Blog by

Prof. Vishal Abhiman Meshram,
Mechanical Engineering Dept,
Indira College of Engineering and Management, Pune.



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