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January 2006 Journal of Engineering Education 63 F REDERICK S TERN The University of Iowa T AO X ING The University of Iowa D ONALD B. Y ARBROUGH Center for Evaluation and Assessment The University of Iowa A LRIC R OTHMAYER Aerospace Engineering Iowa State University G ANESH R AJAGOPALAN Aerospace Engineering Iowa State University S HOURYA P RAKASH O TTA Aerospace Engineering Iowa State University D AVID C AUGHEY Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Cornell University R AJESH B HASKARAN Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Cornell University S ONYA S MITH Mechanical Engineering Howard University B ARBARA H UTCHINGS Fluent Inc. S HANE M OEYKENS Fluent Inc. A BSTRACT This study describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of an effective curriculum for students to learn com- putational fluid dynamics (CFD) in introductory and intermedi- ate undergraduate and introductory graduate level courses/ laboratories. The curriculum is designed for use at different uni- versities with different courses/laboratories, learning objectives, applications, conditions, and exercise notes. The common objec- tive is to teach students from novice to expert users who are well prepared for engineering practice. The study describes a CFD Educational Interface for hands-on student experience, which mirrors actual engineering practice. The Educational Interface teaches CFD methodology and procedures through a step-by- step interactive implementation automating the CFD process. A hierarchical system of predefined active options facilitates use at introductory and intermediate levels, encouraging self-learning, and eases transition to using industrial CFD codes. An indepen- dent evaluation documents successful learning outcomes and confirms the effectiveness of the interface for students in intro- ductory and intermediate fluid mechanics courses. Keywords: computer-assisted learning, hands-on CFD Educa- tional Interface, simulation technology I. I NTRODUCTION There is no question of the need and importance of integrat- ing computer-assisted learning and simulation technology into undergraduate engineering courses and laboratories, as simula- tion-based design, and ultimately virtual reality, become increas- ingly important in engineering practice. The scope of simulation technology is broad covering computerized systems and comput- erized solutions of engineering problem formulations using mathematical physics modeling, numerical methods, and high performance computing; all of which broadly influence all engi- neering disciplines. Recent research has shown the effectiveness of computer-assisted learning for accounting tutorials [1], food process design projects [2], electrical machines laboratories [3], the use of multi-media courseware for bicycle dissection [4] and scrapers [5], and an on-line internal combustion engine research facility using both computations and experiments [6]. Systems- based simulation technology has also shown to be effective for
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2011 for the course MECHANICS 57:020 taught by Professor Fredrickstern during the Fall '10 term at University of Iowa.

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