ME415: Computational Fluid Dynamics & Heat Transfer

Prof S Saha


ME415 (CFDHT) basically introduces you the different aspects of computational fluid dynamics giving an overview and the application of different discretization schemes to the fluid flow and heat transfer situations. Starting with the basic Navier Stokes, Energy Conservation and Heat Conduction equations, the course progresses towards different schemes like Finite Element Method (FEM), Finite Volume Method (FVM) etc. later it moves on to the error analysis and then to the application of FVM to heat conduction followed by Navier Stokes equations. At the end the course provides a mathematical formulation to some of the most prominent algorithms used in CFD like SIMPLE, QUICK and ends with techniques of grid generation.


CFD has become an integral part of flow field simulations and models today hence provides a bench mark for new designs and improvisations in thermal and fluid engineering. It is also instrumental in predicting failures and non-intuitive phenomenon. Besides CFD has opened up fields of research and now with the help of computational power, we are able to obtain the solutions of problems which were not possible analytically. And lastly this course also provides a mathematical explanations to the algorithms usually employed in computational software like Ansys Fluent, Open Foam and STAR-CCM+

Course Content:

1) Navier Stokes, Heat Conduction and Energy Conservation Equations

2) Finite Element Method

3) Finite Volume Method

4) Stability, Feasiblity Criterion and Error Analysis of a Solution

5) Application of FVM to Convective Advective Equations

6) Algrotihms like SIMPLE, QUICK

7) Grid generation

8) Collocated Grids

9) False Diffusion

Grading Structure:

Heavy percentage for regular assignments 8-10 amounting to 40%, midsem 20% and endsem 40%

Resources and References:

Numerical Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow – Suhas Patankar

Additional Information:

Specifically in case of Prof. S. Saha, most of the course material is covered on the black board with fewer slides. Hence attendance is not mandatory but recommended.