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Fluid Mechanics continue to amaze us! On one hand,a common man seems to develop a strong feel of its concepts & every day effects; however,on the other,our engineers struggle to predict & control it to their advantage. May be for this reason, it is the only subject in Mechanical Engineering where curriculum includes extensive laboratory experiments. Through textbooks present a systematic list of governing principles,learning is never complete,without the students experiencing the same in laboratories.
Though invaluable in their contribution to the learning curve,experimental setups suffer from their "rigidity". Students can only change the flow rates by operating valves and take corresponding pressure readings. It remains out of bound for them to modify the setup layout,let alone expect to conceptualize their own. For universities, high cost of equipment remains a concern. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a flexible, cost effective technique that can complement laboratory experiments to strengn textbook concepts. Through this paper, we share our experience of exploiting CFD techniques to teach fundamental fluid mechanics.
The course aims to provide a simplistic approach in handling real time design problems that we engineers today face; naming a few benefits: