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.
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) aims to analyze and solve fluid mechanics problems within a variety of practical contexts. In particular, CFD approximately solves the mathematical models in fluid mechanics using numerical solution strategies with computer modeling software. Through the use of modeling software, you will leverage the computational power of the computer to complete calculations that would otherwise be impossible to do by hand. You will also generate clear visual representations of your solution that make interpretation by humans much easier and enable us to develop physical intuition. To ensure that your solutions accurately represent reality, however, you need to first understand how the "black box" of your modeling software functions and have methods to verify and validate your results.
Key Course Takeaways
- Explore the major elements of what's inside the CFD black box
- Define the mathematical model used in CFD simulations as well as the underlying physical principles and assumptions
- Devise a numerical solution strategy to solve the mathematical model using the finite volume method
How It Works
5-7 hours per week
100% online, instructor-led
Who Should Enroll
- Engineers who work with computer-aided design (CAD) software
- Engineering analysts
- Simulation engineers
- Mechanical engineers
- Naval engineers
- Aerospace engineers