External Aerodynamics using ANSYS Fluent


This learning material addresses customers who want application-specific knowledge which is not normally contained in our introductory training materials and was developed specifically for aero-engineers that:

  • Want to improve the fidelity of current aerodynamic predictions (low-speed to supersonic)

  • Want to acquire knowledge on how to perform propeller performance simulations

  • Want hands-on aero-specific workshops for Fluent Meshing and the Watertight Workflow

Learning Outcome

  • Learn the basics of Fluent Meshing for watertight workflow method

  • Learn how to create relevant bodies of influence (BOIs) to control mesh resolution

  • Learn mesh requirements and methodology for predicting turbulence transition

  • Learn methodology for including propeller effects in external aero simulations

  • Experience end-to-end workshops focused on high-fidelity results with comparison to experimental data


  • Spaceclaim

  • Introductory ANSYS Fluent Solver

Target Audience: Aero-engineers in the Aerospace and Defense industries

Teaching Method: Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge. 

Learning Options: Training materials for this course are available with a Ansys Learning Hub Subscription.

External Aerodynamics using ANSYS Fluent


Topics Covered :

  • Fluent Meshing with Watertight Workflow

  • Aerospace Best Practice Guidelines

  • Turbulence Transition Modeling

  • Propeller Simulation Methods


Agenda :

This is a course covering both lectures and workshops where the student may choose the lectures and/or workshops which are relevant to their application. There are 7 learning

modules to explore depending on the student’s specific needs and interests:

Module 1 - Fluent Meshing

  • Lecture 1 – Overview

  • Lecture 2 – Watertight Geometry Workflow & Surface Meshing

  • Workshop 1 – Airfoil

  • Lecture 3 – Regions & Volume Meshing

  • Workshop 2 – Vortex Shedding

Module 2 – Aerospace BPGs

  • Lecture 1 – Review Aero BPGs

Module 3 – Turbulence Transition Modeling

  • Lecture 1 – Transition Modeling

  • Lecture 2 – Guidelines for setting up transition

  • Workshop 1 – Transition on Airfoil

  • Workshop 2 – NHLPD2d

Module 4 – End-to-End Workshop for Transition Modeling

  • Workshop – Transonic low-Re Wing Body with Transition

Module 5 – End-to-End workshop for Supersonic Flow

  • Workshop – Supersonic NASA TCM

Module 6 – Propeller Simulation Methods

  • Lecture 1 – Intro Rotating Machinery

  • Lecture 2 – Single Zone Model

  • Lecture 3 – Frozen Rotor Model

  • Workshop 1 – Propeller Noise Modeling

  • Lecture 4 – Sliding Mesh Model

Module 7 – End-to-End workshop for Propeller Simulation

  • Workshop – NASA 2-blade Propeller Aerodynamics

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