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CFD For Structural Designers and Analysts

February 28th- March 14th, 2018
06:00 PST / 09:00 EST / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET
Three-Session Live Online Training Course - 2 hours per session
Attend the live sessions, or view the recordings at your convenience


  • Do you need a more accurate approach to include fluid loads or thermal boundary conditions for structural analyses than idealized and simplified approaches?

  • Do you know the important fluid dynamics phenomena in multidisciplinary problems? 

  • What is the role of CFD in strongly coupled fluid-structure interactions?

Get the answers to these questions and more with this industry-leading, code-independent e-learning course.

This 3-session, live online course will cover a range of topics, all aimed at the structural designer and analyst who needs to get to grips with CFD, including:

  • Principles of fluid dynamics
  • Important flow phenomena
  • Basics of the CFD process
  • Turbulence modelling
  • Fluid-structure interaction. 

You can either attend the live sessions or take the course on-demand at your leisure. 

NAFEMS e-learning gives you the best of both worlds, giving you real, practical knowledge that you can use day-to-day to improve your analyses.

What will you learn?

  • Important flow concepts
  • Basics of CFD
  • Turbulence modelling and heat transfer
  • Physical and numerical coupling of CFD and structural analyses

What questions will this course answer?

  • What are the important fluid dynamic phenomena that may appear in FSI problems?
  • What are the basic steps in a CFD process?
  • What is physical and numerical coupling in FSI problems?

Who should attend?

  • Structural engineers, designers & analysts aiming to incorporate CFD into their everyday practice
  • Structural engineers not directly using CFD, who need to work with or support CFD analysts

Structural engineers often need to resort to more sophisticated thermal fluid simulations to obtain boundary conditions, loading, performance, etc. for their designs and analyses. This course aims to introduce important concepts to structural engineers for their multidisciplinary problems.

The course will provide an overview of the essential principles of fluid dynamics, important flow phenomena, basics of CFD process, turbulence modelling, heat transfer, and physical and numerical coupling of CFDs and structural analyses in FSI problems through simple examples and case studies.

The course is completely code independent.

  • A full set of notes in PDF format will be available for download. Each session is presented live and is available for review via a streamable recording.

  • Personal passwords are provided to allow you to access e-learning backup material via our special bulletin board. Reading lists, homework submissions, supplementary data are all stored as files on the bulletin board.

  • Interaction via the bulletin board is strongly encouraged to obtain the most from the e-learning class. Typically the board runs for 4 weeks after the last live class sessions, giving you plenty of time to catch up with homework, review and ask questions.

Note: homework is purely voluntary!

Course Process and Details 

Students will join the audio portion of the meetings by utilizing the VoIP (i.e. headset connected to the computer via headphone and microphone jacks) or by calling into a standard toll line. If you are interested in additional pricing to call-in using a toll-free line, please send an email to: e-learning @ .

Course Program

Note: This is a three-week course. Each session represents one 2.5-hour session each week.

Session 1

  • Need for CFD: loads and boundary conditions
  • Definitions and governing principles of fluid dynamics
  • Introduction to CFD
    • Model simplification
    • Grid generation 
    • Differencing
    • Post-processing

Session 2

  • Flow Types: 
    • Steady / transient flows
    • Viscous / inviscid flows
    • Laminar / turbulent flows
    • Multiphase flows
  • Important concepts and phenomena
  • Heat transfer

Session 3

  • Understanding turbulence
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Structural and CFD simulation Coupling
    • Weak, Strong, very strong coupling
    • 1-way, 2-way, fully coupled

Special Note(s):

Telephony surcharges may apply for attendees who are located outside of North America, South America and Europe. These surcharges are related to individuals who join the audio portion of the web-meeting by calling in to the provided toll/toll-free teleconferencing lines. We have made a VoIP option available so anyone attending the class can join using a headset (headphones) connected to the computer. There is no associated surcharge to utilize the VoIP option, and is actually encouraged to ensure NAFEMS is able to keep the e-Learning course fees as low as possible. Please send an email to the e-Learning coordinator (e-learning @ ) to determine if these surcharges may apply to your specific case. 

Just as with a live face-to-face training course, each registration only covers one person. If you plan to register a large group (10+), please send an email to e-learning @ in advance for group discounts.

For NAFEMS cancellation and transfer policy, click here

Purchasing Details

Members Price
£222 | $275 | €254

Non-Members Price
£335 | $415 | €382
Order Ref: el-221
Event Type: Course
Location: e-Learning Online
Date: February 28, 2018

Course Tutor:

Read Kamran's bio on the NAFEMS Tutors Page

Not Available to Attend this Time? 

Would you like us to notify you when the next course on CFD for Structural Designers & Analysts is open for enrollment? If so, add yourself to the eLearning Waitlist!

Session 1:
Wednesday, February 28th 

Session 2:
Wednesday, March 7th

Session 3:
Wednesday, March 14th

NoteOnce you register for the course using the "order" button (look up), you will receive your invoice, and the day before the course starts, an email invite to the class discussion board. Please note that no 'physical' goods will be mailed to you.

Please click here to view the FAQ section, or if you need to contact NAFEMS about this course.

Engineering Board PDH Credits

*It is your individual responsibility to check whether these e-learning courses satisfy the criteria set-out by your state engineering board. NAFEMS does not guarantee that your individual board will accept these courses for PDH credit, but we believe that the courses comply with regulations in most US states (except Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, and New York, where providors are required to be pre-approved).