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Brett Goldstein January 5, 2004 13:53

Learning Fluent
Hi, I'm trying to get a feel for whether I should take the 5 day Intro to Fluent class, or if I could teach myself the basics by going through the manuals and tutorials. (Not looking forward to a week in cold New Hampshire at this time of the year, and have a project which needs CFD this month.)

I've used CFDesign and Flotherm in the last couple of years, and have been trained on IcePak (but never got to use it.)

Any thoughts?

Thanks for the help.

co2 January 5, 2004 19:21

Re: Learning Fluent
I am a student and been able to find my way around fluent ok so far. I will suggest the following - Go through the different fluent tutorials in sequence - Pay particular attention to all the good notes in the tutorial - As questions come to your mind dont be lazy to ask them to this group, also dig into the different sections in the user manual - I personally think that if you know CFD basics, you can teach yourself any CFD software provided you have enough time. In your case I think you do. If you put in about 2 hours a day without getting frustrated, you should be in good shape.

gelisli January 6, 2004 06:42

Re: Learning Fluent

Training yorself is a good way if you have enough time. However, if your project has a deadline or it requires specific features of the software or if you are not good enough at mesh generation in GAMBIT , you should take the training.


Mark January 6, 2004 06:58

Re: Learning Fluent
Fluent offers a training CD for $100. I've used it and found it to be helpful. I was in the same situation as your in now but I didn't have the money to go on the course so I bought the CD instead.

I think buying the CD was a good move! See support on the fluent web page.


JADG January 6, 2004 15:54

Re: Learning Fluent

does the CD include 3D and multiphase problems?


ap January 8, 2004 11:00

Re: Learning Fluent
I agree with co2: if you don't need really specific features, you can learn FLUENT by yourself, just using tutorials and reading the manual.

You already know CFD, so you shouldn't meet great difficulties.

If you've some doubt you can also post it here.

Hi :)


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