Rajesh Bhaskaran’s work seeks to promote the “democratization of simulation” through effective integration of simulation tools into engineering education. He directs the Swanson Lab and has helped introduce industry-standard simulation tools into Cornell courses covering fluid mechanics, heat transfer, solid mechanics, and numerical analysis. Dr. Bhaskaran has led the development of SimCafe.org as an online portal for learning and teaching finite-element and CFD simulations. SimCafe is used worldwide in courses as well as for self-paced learning by students and industry professionals. He has developed a unified methodology for using simulation in disparate lecture-based and lab courses. This methodology teaches students to approach simulations like an expert rather than just pushing buttons and accepting results at face value. Dr. Bhaskaran’s professional interests include engineering applications of simulation technology, reliable deployment of advanced simulation by generalist engineers, and conceptual change in learners using simulations. He has organized two international workshops on simulation in engineering curricula.
The framework used in this course for solving fluid dynamics problems can be applied to a wide array of situations and contexts. You will work on a 2D incompressible laminar flow problem in Ansys. Working with 2D flow simulations will help prepare you to create reliable fluid flow simulations for more complex 3D applications such as a car body, fan, and airplane.
You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Foundations of CFD
Key Course Takeaways
- Construct the mathematical model underlying 2D laminar flow simulations, including governing equations, boundary conditions, physical principles, and assumptions
- Devise a solution strategy to solve the mathematical model and reduce errors introduced by your strategy
- Predict expected results using hand calculations in order to verify simulation results
- Obtain a numerical solution to the mathematical model using Ansys
- Analyze the simulation results and gain physical insights through visualization
- Defend the simulation results by undertaking a “verification and validation” procedure that includes checking consistency with the underlying mathematical model, assessing numerical errors, and comparing with hand calculations
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5-7 hours per week
100% online, instructor-led
Swanson Director of Engineering Simulation
Cornell University College of Engineering
Swanson Director of Engineering Simulation, Cornell Engineering
Who Should Enroll
- Engineers who work with computer-aided design (CAD) software
- Engineering analysts
- Simulation engineers
- Mechanical engineers
- Naval engineers
- Aerospace engineers
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