Massive Open Online Course on Sports & Building CFD Fluid Mechanics
Shawn Wasserman posted on April 29, 2014 |

This week, a massive open online course (MOOC) about how CFD and fluid mechanics affects both sports and busy city buildings began. The course will be conducted by Professor Bert Blocken of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In it, Prof. Blocken will outline both wind tunnel technology and the use of CFD analysis software by ANSYS.

In this course, students will learn how the shape of a bike or car can influence performance and who wins a race using bluff body aerodynamics. Additionally, students will learn how the placement and shape of buildings will affect the air flow around the buildings and on street level.

The target audience is individuals interested in wind engineering, sports engineering, urban physics, simulation and aerodynamics. These students will look into the common misconceptions and counter-intuitive physics often seen within fluid dynamics. This can assist both building design and athletic performance.

The first half of the course will focus on the basics of CFD, fluid mechanics and wind-tunnels. A higher education will help students understand the more complex math and governing equations covered in the course and allow for a more complete experience. However, for a hobby/interest level understanding of the topic a high school education will allow you to follow along with the course basics.

In the latter half of the course, the focus will move to applications such as buildings, cycling and sprinting. This will naturally appeal to a wider audience, however, participants with a greater understanding of physics, math and fluid mechanics will gain more from this experience.

The six-week course is set to begin on April 28th and will require about 4-6 hours of work a week to complete. The work will consist of eight 15-minute video lectures per week, online discussion (Q & A), readings, an exam and a project where students evaluate scientific papers. Students that successfully compete the course will be awarded a certificate. To sign up for the course follow this link.

Source Coursera & ANSYS

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