CFD Education in Undergraduate Curriculum DG

CFD Education in Undergraduate
Curriculum DG
AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando
3 January 2011
Jeff Eldredge, UCLA
Greg Blaisdell, Purdue
Russ Cummings, USAFA
Sidra Silton, US Army Research Lab
• Recap of DG objectives
• Previous action items from Chicago
• Discussion of timeline of immediate and future
activities for this DG
• Discussion of survey
• Discussion of necessary components of final
objective: a “Best practices report” on CFD education
in undergraduate curriculum
• Previous experiences and lessons learned
• Division of labor for moving forward
Objectives of this DG
Should there be undergraduate CFD education, and if so, in what
Information gathering: Examine and discuss the current
computation-related curricula of mechanical and aerospace
engineering departments. Also, discuss current texts and their
relative strengths/merits for undergrad CFD education.
Discussion: Itemize the basic curriculum elements that will best
prepare undergraduate students for informed and thoughtful
application (‘intelligent users and observers’) of CFD tools in their
career (including graduate school).
Expert recommendation: Work together to formulate a
recommendation report that can eventually be used by
departments, particularly those undergoing curriculum reform
Action items from summer meeting
 Work on draft of survey questions: This will be done by
everyone, through iteration, after I email the first draft soon.
Complete by end of September.
 Compile a list of survey respondents: Should we hone
this list name by name, or simply add all members of the
Fluids and Applied Aero TCs and let the list filter itself
naturally? All: Give me suggestions for how to proceed.
Complete list by end of September.
• Check in with other potential related efforts (e.g. AIAA
Educational Activities standing committee, Fred Stern at Univ.
Iowa, Nick G. mentioned effort by Allan Arrington on
programming survey). Jeff E. will do this. (SEE JOINT INVITED
Proposed timeline of DG activities
• Summer and Fall 2010: Survey construction,
administration and processing, to be discussed at
ASM Orlando in January 2011.
• Summer 2011: Invited session at 2011 Fluid
Dynamics meeting? (Blaisdell is CFD tech chair,
Honolulu). Education session. Move to ASM 2012,
in coordination with Applied Aero TC activity.
• January 2012: Final report
• Distributed in early December using Vovici, with help
from Patrick Liu at AIAA.
• As of 3 January 2011, 42 responses (40 complete)
out of ~120 invitations.
• (See Excel spreadsheet for analysis)
Open questions:
• Do we have enough responses and in a reasonable
balance (between academic, industry, government)?
• More specific from last question: Can we infer from
the responses a general sense of the fluids
community on whether the CFD belongs in the
undergraduate curriculum and in what form?
Invited session at 2012 ASM, Nashville
• To be coordinated with Aaron Altman of Applied Aero TC,
on aeronautics education.
• Talks on CFD curriculum experiences and lessons learned
from relevant academic members
• Talks from industry representatives (i.e. employers)?
• Written, oral or both?
• Make sure Academic Affairs committee knows about it,
get their feedback. Computing in undergrad education.
Nick G: Allan Arrington conducting a programming
• Might fit in with Engineer 2020 initiative
• Need to line up invited speakers this spring.
Final Objective: ‘Best practices’ report
Exit strategy of this DG (-->WG):
A public document that recommends the necessary curriculum
elements and reform strategies for preparing engineering students for
a variety careers in which CFD is an actively-used tool.
Provide clear motivation for fluid dynamics curriculum reform
This document should also provide ideas/examples about how such elements might be
incorporated into an existing aerospace engineering (or mechanical engineering) curriculum,
with as little disruption as possible.
Sample syllabi might be included, for different purposes:
– One syllabus for full semester (and 10-week term?) of CFD
– One which incorporates CFD content into an intermediate fluid dynamics course
This should also delineate the necessary prerequisite material for courses that incorporate
this content
Also, a bibliography of textbooks (and reviews?) could be included.
In CFD SC meeting in Chicago, Brian Smith raised important question about dissemination.
Need to consider this. Perhaps as a AIAA Best Practices report? Who should be on
distribution list?
Final report work (target: 2012 ASM)
• Establish scope of report
– Aero department only, or also mechanical? (latter might require
consideration of heat transfer computing)
– Target only needs of industry-bound students, or also post-graduate
research students?
• A vague outline:
– Motivation
• Use results of surveys here
– Tie-in to programming survey (and other surveys)
– Previous experiences and lessons learned
• Examples of syllabuses and curriculum context
Examples of genuine CFD courses
Examples of CFD modules in fluids courses
Examples of CFD in engineering design courses
Examples of CFD electives (versus required courses)
• Examples of curriculum reform efforts
– Recommended strategies
Learning from previous efforts
• Two aspects need to be covered:
An appropriate syllabus for an undergrad CFD course, including the
balance between fundamentals and application
AND, a roadmap for how to re-arrange a traditional non-computing
curriculum to incorporate the CFD content
• A useful example of both is provided by the efforts at
USAFA by Cummings et al. (AIAA 2005-1072).
– Any final report from this DG should include the “lessons learned”
from such an effort.
– To this end, a survey of the instructors and recent graduates (with up
to 5 years hindsight) would be useful.
• Also, Fred Stern at Univ. Iowa (“CFD labs”, and inhouse software… commercially available?)
Synergistic Activities
• ETFD SC interested in DG on educational materials.
Led by Mike Plesniak and Greg Elliott.

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