Computational Heat and Fluid Flows

Unit code: NEF4001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
NEF1201 - Engineering Mathematics 2; and
NEF1202 - Engineering Physics 2; and
Completion of 240 credit points.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit will focus on the application of the commercial simulation software ANSYS for the computer simulation of problems related to Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Electronics Engineering. The unit will introduce students to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) allowing them to solve problems related to flow paths in complex systems. This will include the modelling of natural convective and radiative heat transfer, heat removal from critical electronics, thermal management to improve reliability and prevent premature failure of circuitry and electronic devices used in data centres, large computing facilities and telecommunication environments.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analysis the heat transfer in steady heat conduction for plane, cylindrical and spherical surfaces;
  2. Analysis the heat transfer for forced heat convection in laminar and turbulent flows and for internal and external surfaces;
  3. Generate CFD models of simple, verifiable geometries with predictable results and of complex geometries with unknown flow fields;
  4. Critically evaluate the validity of CFD results and interpret their meaning; and
  5. Model heat removal systems using CFD and interpret results indicating necessary adjustments.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 15%
Analysing steady heat conduction problems.
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 35%
Test on the understanding of the theory of Heat Transfer.
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 25%
Application of CFD for solving electro and mechanical problems.
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 25%
Theory on Computational Fluid Dynamics and in class CFD simulations.

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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