An introduction to CFD fundamentals and using commercial CFD software to solve engineering problems, designed for the wide variety of engineering students new to CFD, and for practicing engineers learning CFD for the first time. Combining an appropriate level of mathematical background, worked examples, computer screen shots, and step by step processes, this book walks the reader through modeling and computing, as well as interpreting CFD results. The first book in the field aimed at CFD users rather than developers.

Key Features

New to this edition:

  • A more comprehensive coverage of CFD techniques including discretisation via finite element and spectral element as well as finite difference and finite volume methods and multigrid method
  • Coverage of different approaches to CFD grid generation in order to closely match how CFD meshing is being used in industry
  • Additional coverage of high-pressure fluid dynamics and meshless approach to provide a broader overview of the application areas where CFD can be used
  • 20% new content


Senior level undergraduate and graduate students of mechanical, aerospace, civil, chemical, environmental and marine engineering. Beginner users of commercial CFD software tools (including CFX and FLUENT)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition

Preface to the Second Edition


Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 What is computational fluid dynamics?

1.2 Advantages of computational fluid dynamics

1.3 Application of computational fluid dynamics

1.4 The future of computational fluid dynamics

1.5 Summary

Review questions

Chapter 2. CFD Solution Procedure—A Beginning

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Problem setup—pre-process

2.3 Numerical solution—CFD solver

2.4 Result Report and Visualization—Post-process

2.5 Summary

Review questions

Chapter 3. Governing Equations for CFD—Fundamentals

3.1 Introduction

3.2 The continuity equation

3.3 The momentum equation

3.4 The energy equation

3.5 The additional equations for turbulent flow

3.6 Generic form of the governing equations for cfd

3.7 Physical boundary conditions of the governing equations

3.8 Summary

Review questions

Chapter 4. CFD Techniques—The Basics

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Discretization of governing equations

4.3 Converting governing equations to algebraic equation system

4.4 Numerical solutions to algebraic equations

4.5 Pressure–velocity coupling—“simple” scheme

4.6 Multi-grid method

4.7 Summary

Review questions

Chapter 5. CFD Solution Analysis—Essentials

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Consistency

5.3 Stability

5.4 Convergence

5.5 Accuracy

5.6 Efficiency

5.7 Case studies

5.8 Summary

Review questions

Chapter 6. Practical Guidelines for CFD Simulation and Analysis

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Guidelines on grid generation

6.3 Guidelines for boundary conditions

6.4 Guidelines for turbulence modeli


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