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John Carter January 14, 2001 12:57

I am currently looking into the principles of CFD, in general. What I need is a basic understanding ( a brief overview) of what it is, and how it works.

I have looked on numerous webpages etc

Can anybody assist.

John C. Chien January 14, 2001 20:31

(1). I understand your need, but I don't have the answer right now. (2). I am almost ready to start writing a CFD/FAQ book on CD, and I hope it will answer some of your questions when it is done. I have the time right now, so be patient. (3). But I can tell you that "CFD" is "computational" + "fluid dynamics". You will need to know "fluid dynamics" part, "computational" part, and both.

A. Rajani Kumar January 14, 2001 23:37

You can verify CFD-ONLINE Resources part. U can find out lot of intro. and notes for CFD also. After this u can refer some good books.

Apurva Shukla January 15, 2001 04:16

For online information, you can also refer to

Please go to table of contents, their is a full chapter dedicated to computational aerodynamics, you can get a brief overview of CFD their. I hope it would help you.



Mukhopadhyay January 24, 2001 07:30

I am, and surely others too are, waiting for your book. Congrats in advance. A story heard from a 'cfd guru':

CFD -> Colored Fluid Dynamics - as some people in some industries think when they see red, green,yellow etc., vectors displayed !!

John C. Chien January 24, 2001 13:57

(1). The writing of the book is moving along slowly. It is a FAQ type, with many short sentenses. It is aimed at persons with no prior experience in CFD or formal training. (2). Well, like anything else in the world, the need to improve the quality comes from the consumer. I have been doing number crunching for my clients in the last several years, and I have generated a lot of color printouts. Even though, most of the calculations ran day and night, especially on the weekends, in the end, most of the results were "useless". (these were results obtained from commercial CFD codes and in-house codes) (3). I would say that, based on my experience, only less than one percent of the effort or result was useful. And in most cases, it was based on the judgement rather than the pure calculated numbers. And in most cases, the color picture itself was used to make the judgement, because the computed numbers simply were not reasonable or repeatable. That is the state of the art. (4). But if you do the CFD carefully with validation and testing, then it is possible to make the CFD results useful for that particular case. But I have to be honest with you that for anyone to obtain the right solution from a particular problem, the chance is very small. For experience expert in his own field, the chance is higher, because he knows the problem he is trying to solve, and he has the needed feeling. And that feeling is not written down , even when the paper is written and published. (5). To be able to see the right or wrong from the picture, you will need the quality very close to the god. In CFD, you can't read millions of numbers and determine whether the result is useful or not. Instead, you have to see the picture and tell whether the solution has converged or not. You also have to make decision as to whether the computed picture is physically reasonable or not. (6). Well, Color Fluid Dynamics, Yes. I would say that it is more like fortune tell palm reading, when you are trying to read the residual convergence plots. If people are out of jobs, you will see more people doing palm reading at the side walk somewhere, I guess. The world is closed, so sooner or later, it will get you, by convection and diffusion I think.

Mukhopadhyay January 24, 2001 23:01

Thanks a lot - we look forward to your inputs.

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