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Old   November 14, 2005, 12:48
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Xavier Arino
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Dear All, I am a Mechanical Engineer and I am thinking to study a MSc in Finite Element Method in Engineering (FEA/FEM). I am quite interested in developing skills in the field of modelling air movement in buildings, aerodynamics and general thermo and fluids problems. So, my question is: will FEM methodology be good to learn if I want to work in this field? Thanks for your help Xavier

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Old   November 14, 2005, 13:10
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Márcio Ricardo
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What do you mean by good to learn? Easy to learn FEM or a good tool to learn CFD?
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Old   November 14, 2005, 13:18
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Xavier Arino
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Dear Marcio, My question is: if I study all the theory for FEM (or FEA) analysis, will this help me to understand and use CFD analysis? Or are FEM and CFD completely different things? I am not sure but it seems that CFD is much more powerful than FEM for fluid and thermo models (I mean, using models that use convection, radiance, etc). many thanks xavier

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Old   November 14, 2005, 13:55
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Renato.
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FEM, FVM, DFM, CVFEM, etc... are all discretization methods employed to solve partial differential equations, including those that comes from CFD problems. Each method has your pros and cons and the most famous among CFD researchers are FVM and FEM (I think)...

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Renato.

ps.: I work with FEM solving incompressible fluid flow and advection-diffusion problems.
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