Short Term Course on Computational Fluid Dynamics & Heat Transfer (STC on CFDHT–2012)

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer has become an important tool in furthering a variety of fields including Aerospace Engineering, Oceanography, Meteorology, Naval Engineering, Surface Transport, Material Processing, Manufacturing Sciences, Thermal Engineering, Bio Heat transfer and Bio-Fluidics, Micro/Nano-scale Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, etc. A short course on "Computational Fluid Dynamics & Heat Transfer" was held by the School of Mechanical Sciences, IIT Bhubaneswar between the 14th and 18th of May, 2012 to build awareness about the Computational tools and their application to Fluid Dynamics & Heat Transfer (CFDHT) to Scienctist, Engineers and Academicians. The advancement in the numerical analysis has lead to the development of many robust commercial softwares packages such as FLUENT®, NISA®, CFX®, StarCD®, etc. to model the CFDHT problems. These software packages have bought the sophisticated computational tools which were once used by a select few research groups who develop them to the "doorstep" of the applied scientists and engineers who may not necessarily be interested in the computational tool development as much as the results and further design and analysis of current industrial problems. Another aim of the short course was to provide participants the opportunity to use and apply ANSYS (FLUENT) software confidently.

Over 30 participants across various states attended STC on CFDHT-2012 with seven scientists from labs of national importance such as PXE Chandipur & LPSC Bangalore, 2 R&D engineers from Maruti Suzuki Pvt. Ltd apart from academicians and researchers from various NITs, Universities and technical institutes. The Director of the Institute presided over the inaugural session and conveyed a hearty welcome to all the delegates by delivering an inspirational speech. He emphasiszed that one of the prime charters of the Institue is not only the under-graduate education and high quality research that IITs are known for but also continuing educaiton & traning both for it’s own fauclty but also the general academic and scientific community. This is exactly what the School of Mechanical Sciences is promoting by conducting the short-term course. Prof. Sujit Roy, Dean (Faculty & Planning) in his speech said that such short-term courses, workshops and conferences arranged by the Institute would act as sites of nucleation pushing the entrire eastern India into become a Centre of High Innovation & Research. Prof. Goutam Biswas a renowned academician, Computational Fluid Dynamist and a J. C. Bose Fellow was the chief guest for the inaugural session. Prof. Biswas delivered the inaugural lecture on "Simulation of free surface flows with special focus on falling drops".

The Short-term course included imparting the fundamentals of chief computational techniques usned in CFDHT such as Finite Difference Methods, Finite Volume Methods, Finite Element Methods, Turbulence Models by the faculty of the School of Mechanical Sciences – Prof. S. K. Mahapatra, Dr. P. Rath, Dr. S. N. Panigrahi and Dr. Sathyanarayana. A; Besides the lectures, training in solving non-linear governing equations along with their appropriate boundary conditions; Illustration of the wide application of these techniques by drawing examples from varied topics such as turbulence, fluid structure interaction, conjugate heat transfer problems, material processing, bio heat transfer and radiation modelling were provided to the participants. Hands on training on the use of FLUENT® software to various basic as well as complex industrial problems by Dr. S. N. Panigrahi along with personnel from ANSYS® and Industrial applications of CFD and dealing with many practical aspects of computational modelling by Prof. S. K. Dash from IIT Kharagpur were a few highlights of the course.

The short-term course ended with a valedictory lunch banquet and a positive and encouraging feedback session with participants expressing interest in a longer course with more detailed trainings.