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FAF3703 Computational Fluid Dynamics, CFD, in Design and Development 7.5 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

CFD simulations have partly replaced measurements in the design of system solutions, indoor environments and products. The CFD user has to be familiar with theory and practical applications in order to understand and evaluate simulated results. Partial differential equations and the governing equations for incompressible flows are dealt with. The finite volume method, which is used here, is the leading method in the evaluation of thermal comfort, airborne contaminant movements and health aspects in indoor environments. 

Intended learning outcomes

The course introduces CFD methodology in technical design and development. Fluid flow processes and system parameters influencing indoor environment, energy use and health aspects of the indoor environment are considered.

Course disposition

  • Partial differential equations
  • Navier-Stokes equations
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Discretisation of equations
  • Initial and boundary conditions
  • Preprocessing including meshing
  • Solution of governing equations (Fluent)
  • Convergence
  • Post-processing
  • Validation of results

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Entry requirements for PhD studies in architectural engineering or similar knowledge, including one basic course in mechanics.

The course is primarily aimed at doctoral students in fluid mechanics, energy, indoor climate, and building design or similar subject areas.

Recommended prerequisites

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H.K. Versteegh and W. Malalasekera. An Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics –The Finite Volume Method, Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, England, 2007.

J. Tu, G.H. Yeoh and C. Liu, Computational Fluid Dynamics – A Practical Approach, Elsevier, 2008.

Q. Chen and J. Srebric. How to Verify, Validate, and Report Indoor Environment Modeling CFD Analyses, ASHRAE RP-1133, ASHRAE 1791 Tullie Circle, NE Atlanta, GA 30329-2305, 2001.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory work, 2,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Offered by

ABE/Sustainable Buildings

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Sasan Sadrizadeh +46 8 790 87 51 (

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Sustainable Buildings