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Marine Computational Fluid Dynamics course.

Computational Fluid Dynamics has now become an established tool for naval architecture and marine science.


This prestigious three day course will provide delegates with an introduction to the key principles of CFD applied to the marine sector through practical examples.

We will equip you with the knowledge to objectively assess CFD work and an understanding of how to use CFD appropriately for maximum advantage.

The course is only proposed in in-company format.

Who will benefit?

Engineers and naval architects who are involved in research, design or development of naval or marine systems who wish to acquire background knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics, learn how best practice CFD is applied in the marine industry, and learn how CFD may lead to novel designs and/or faster time-to-market.

Pre-requisites for the course are a basic level of engineering and naval architecture knowledge as well as some IT literacy.

However, no prior CFD experience or knowledge will be required. The course will start with a brief overview of the fluid dynamic principles.

The course will be delivered by leading academics in the field from Southampton University Maritime Engineering and Ship Science department and practising naval architects and engineers from Lloyd’s Register who use CFD in industry on a daily basis. The content will be presented in a lecture format incorporating live demonstrations and hands on practical examples that attendees will be coached through to develop competence.

Course content:

Through participative use of group and individual exercises based on Lloyd’s Registers’ and Southampton University’s experience within shipping, the course covers the following technical areas:

  • Introduction to Fluid Dynamics and CFD
  • CFD process: meshing, numerical formulation, solving, data processing
  • Accuracy and validation of CFD
  • Resistance simulation
  • Open water propeller simulation
  • Wake calculation
  • Modelling cavitation
  • Wind loads
  • Sloshing, slamming, wave impact modelling
  • Familiarisation with the CFD tools OpenFOAM & Star CCM+, and the sloshing code Aquarius
  • Understand the theoretical background behind CFD solvers and utilities
  • Make informed decisions on the most appropriate CFD software for a particular application; in particular the choice between commercial and open source software
  • Perform analysis of sloshing of liquid in a tank from meshing through to post processing.

By the end of this course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the theoretical background behind CFD solvers and utilities

  • Cite experience of real world CFD marine applications

  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of commercial and open source software

  • Know the best practices of applied marine CFD.

Delegates will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course

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