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Course Detail

Course Name Computational Fluid Dynamics for Aerospace
Course Code 19AEE401
Program B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Semester Seven
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Introduction to Numerical Methods – Properties of Numerical Solutions: Errors, Consistency, Accuracy, Stability, Convergence, Conservation – Review of Governing Equations of Fluid Dynamics – Review of Classification of PDE’s and their Physical Implications for Compressible Flows.

Unit 2

Introduction to the Finite Difference Methods: Discretization of Temporal and Spatial Derivatives, Explicit and Implicit Formulations – Mccormack’s Scheme, Extensions to Viscous Flows – Shock Capturing – Lax-Wendroff Method.

Unit 3

Stability Analysis: Von Neumann Stability Criteria, CFL Criterion for Stability – Introduction to Grid Generation: Body Conforming Grids, Algebraic and Elliptic Grids, 2D Unstructured Grids, C-Grids, O- Grids and H-Grids for Flow Past Airfoils and Wings – Simulation of External and Internal Flows as Applied to Aerospace Components.

Objectives and Outcomes


  • The objective of the course is to introduce students to the finite difference method and related numerical techniques involved in the study of fluid flow problems.

Course Outcomes

  • CO1: Recall the governing equation of fluid dynamics in conservation and non-conservation form.
  • CO2: Utilize finite difference method for the discretization of the fluid flow problems.
  • CO3: Make use of suitable numerical methods for solving the governing equations in the discretizied domain by understanding stability sand convergence.
  • CO4: Choose proper structured / unstructured 2D grids specific to particular fluid flow problems.
  • CO5: Apply the FDM to develop CFD techniques: Lax-Wendroff , MacCormack techniques.
  • CO6: Experiment numerically the theoretical understanding of Computational Fluid Dynamics using software packages.

CO – PO Mapping



CO1 3 3 1 3 1 3 1 2
CO2 3 3 1 2 2 1 3 2 2
CO3 3 3 1 2 3 2 1 3 3 2
CO4 2 3 1 1 3 2 3 3 2
CO5 3 3 3 1 3 2 3 3 2
CO6 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Textbook / References


  • John D Anderson, “Computational Fluid Dynamics – The Basics With Application”, Mcgraw-Hill, 1995.


  • T. J. Chung, “Computational Fluid Dynamics”, Cambridge University Press,2010.

Evaluation Pattern

Assessment Internal External
Periodical 1 (P1) 15
Periodical 2 (P2) 15
*Continuous Assessment (CA) 20
End Semester 50
*CA – Can be Quizzes, Assignment, Projects, and Reports.

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