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External Aerodynamics using Ansys Fluent

Course Overview

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


Teaching Method

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge. 

Learning Outcome

Following completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn the basics of Fluent Meshing for watertight workflow method
  • Know 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

 Available Dates

Currently, no training dates available

Learning Options

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


This is a course covering both lectures and workshops where you can choose the lectures and/or workshops which are relevant to your application. There are 7 learning modules to explore depending on the your specific needs and interests:

  • Fluent Meshing with Watertight Workflow
  • Aerospace Best Practice Guidelines
  • Turbulence Transition Modeling
  • Propeller Simulation Methods

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