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Old   November 8, 2011, 03:20
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Hello,

I have never used the ANSYS program, only solidworks throughout university. However I have recently been employed as a program manager by a company who manufacture automotive air vents. This company has always had an external design team to run testing on the vents using ANSYS FLUENT, my company are in the process of looking to hire a team of in house designers to use the CFD software but have asked me if I would consider attending the 4 day course offered by ANSYS.

Would you guys recommend this 4 day course to use FLUENT effectively to do studies on these air vents.

Studies generally include
Analyzing an air vent outer assembly to acquire velocity @ set target in driver compartment.
Plot velocity contours through specified planes.
Understanding the results to recommend improvements

Or do you think this is not possible to gain an understanding of ANSYS in this 4 day course to model air vents?

any information will be greatly appreciated.

Colin
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Old   November 8, 2011, 14:53
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Hi Colin,

If you have an understanding of fluid dynamics and are willing to skim a book on CFD before the course, I would recommend attending. You will learn how to do the analysis regardless of whether you know how it works, but knowing how it works will help you assess its validity. I also suggest (if you have a license) going through a few of the fluent tutorials before the course. Lastly, the optional day will help you a lot--I highly recommend it. The course worked out very well for us.

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I have a very basic knowledge of fluid dynamics from a module at university. Do you recommend a specific CFD book to read through?

Thanks for the reply, i have decided to take the course and hope for the best!
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Old   November 15, 2011, 09:33
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I like the development in Anderson's "Computational Fluid Dynamics". However, FLUENT is a finite volume code, and Anderson only touches on finite volume methods. Most of the material is general enough that it doesn't make a difference, though.

I have also heard suggestions for "Computational Fluid Dynamics: Principles and Application" by J. Blazek, but I have no direct experience with it.
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