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Old   December 20, 2014, 08:07
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Hello everyone,

I am a new member and I'd like to apologize first if related threads are made on this forum. I couldn't find the answers so here I am creating a new thread.

Currently, I am a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. Last semester, I was exposed to Fluid Mechanics for the first time and I became interested in learning more about it. Specifically, I am interested in learning more about CFD and its applications in turbulence and aerodynamics. The college that I am attending does not have a strong CFD program for undergrad, instead they only have it for grad program.

The questions that I would like to ask are:
1) Is it possible to learn CFD on your own or you have to go to grad school?
2) I am looking at grad school in the US and Europe. Which school would have a good, solid CFD program for grad student? I know that I can google this and search on the schools' websites; however, I would like to know actual opinions.
3) Does programming language play a crucial role in CFD? If yes, which one is used the most? I know C++ and Python.
4) CFD is not common in my country. Therefore, if you are a CFD engineer, could you please let me know about opportunities for jobs? (in US and Europe)

Thank you and I hope you can answer my questions
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Old   December 20, 2014, 17:20
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Yes, of course you can learn CFD on your own . I'd strongly suggest having done some fluid mechanics units (read a textbook like Anderson Aerodynamics) or something. Then brush up on Taylor Series.

Here are some MIT lecture series:

I believe there is also a free video series on itunes somewhere that helped me for a piece of coursework. I can't remember what it was called though.

With regards to practising, well there is plenty of stuff online to help you do C++, I'm not sure if there is anything to help you do some CFD related examples but I'm sure there must be a few.
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