Master's Certification in External Aerodynamics Simulations

Master's Certification in External Aerodynamics Simulations

The Master's in Advanced Aerodynamics program is a 6-month long, intensive program. The program comprises of 5 courses that train you on all the engineering concepts and tools that are essential to get into top OEMs as a Aerodynamics Engineer.

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  • Pre-requisites : For Mechanical, Aerospace & Automotive Engineers
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A Quick Overview

This course starts with the fundamentals of CFD, where one will learn the mathematical concepts behind CFD and understand how a CFD software works in the background. Students will be learning how to code CFD problems in MATLAB.

Students will develop a good understanding of how to set up external aerodynamics simulations in different CFD platforms like ANSYS Fluent, StarCCM+, OpenFOAM, and converge CFD.

Students will develop a skill set to perform external aerodynamics simulations in a similar manner that is performed in the industry

Students will understand the basic requirements or needs to perform an external aerodynamics simulation in CFD.

Students will be working on the projects like,

  • 1-D Supersonic nozzle flow using MacCormack method

  • 2-D Heat conduction simulation using steady and transient approaches

  • Experimental validation of flow over an Ahmed body 

  • Automated blockMesh generation using openFOAM

  • External aerodynamics flow over the Mercedes truck

  • External aerodynamics flow over the FSAE racing car

  • External aerodynamics flow over the NACA Airfoil

Students will be able to apply for the roles like,

  • CFD Application engineer 

  • CFD Analyst 

  • Aerodynamics engineer 

  • CFD Engineer 

Companies that hire students upon completion of this program,

  • Ansys 

  • CD-Adapco

  • EASI

  • Xitadel

  • DEP

  • Valeo

  • FCA

The courses that students will study as part of the program are:

  • Advanced Aerodynamic Simulations
  • Introduction to Aero-thermal simulations using ANSYS FLUENT
  • Introduction to GUI based CFD using ANSYS FLUENT
  • Advanced Meshing for CFD Analysis
  • Introduction to CFD using Matlab and OpenFOAM


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1. Advanced Aerodynamic Simulations

1Preparing the Surface for External Flow Simulation

In this module, you learn the basics of FEA, various types of simulations along with their significance, and also develop a mathematical understanding of the implicit and explicit schemes.

The topics that will be covered in this module are, 

  • Introduction to FEA 
  • Type of FE simulation 
  • Explicit and Implicit mathematical definition

2Surface Preparation

In this module, we will cover surface preparation in full detail. Here you will learn the following:

  • Setting up the piston motion profile
  • Boundary flagging
  • Setting up the intake and exhaust valves

3Extracting Aerodynamic Quantities from Simulation

In this module, you will learn the following concepts:

  • How to choose the right turbulence model?
    • K-Epsilon Vs K-Omega SST
  • Understanding Y+
  • Turbulent and boundary layer theory
  • Usefulness of viscosity ratio

4Prandtl-Meyer Shock Capture Problem

You will simulate shock flow problems and learn how Adaptive Mesh Refinement can be used to capture the shock location accurately.

5Physics Modelling

In Aerodynamics, a student needs to familiarize themselves with how different physics are captured by mathematical models. Without understanding this concept, you will not be capable of correctly setting up an external flow simulation. We will cover the following physical modules:

  • Turbulence modeling
  • Conjugate Heat Transfer
  • Combustion modeling
  • Spray modeling

6Combustion Modelling

In this module, you will learn how the SAGE detailed chemical kinetics solver works. In addition to this, you will learn how to use the Shell CTC combustion model.

7Emissions Modelling

To design an efficient engine, one needs to have a firm grasp of emissions modeling. You will learn about the Hiroyasu Soot Model and the Zeldovich Nox model and apply them in engine simulations.

Projects Overview

Airfoil Flow


In this project, you will be simulating the flow over an airfoil for different angles of attack and make drag and lift calculations for each of these cases. A comparison of how the lift is being produced in each case, stall predictions and separation can be studied. Additionally, another comparison of turbulence modelling on the prediction of separation can be studied.

  • Lift and Drag predictions for different angles of attack
  • Effect of turbulence model on flow separation

Ahmed Body


In this project, you will be simulating the flow over an Ahmed body and can alternatively study how separation occurs at the rear over different slant angles and compare your results with experimental data to validate the results. 
  • Drag predictions for different slant angles
  • Effect of turbulence model on flow separation
  • Effect of slant angle on flow separation



In this project, you have the opportunity to perform as many simulations as you want to understand the aerodynamics of an FSAE car. We encourage students to work on open-ended problems and you can choose to solve as many problems as you want.
Here are a few different project ideas that you can work on. 
NOTE: Each of the following topics is a project and requires a fair amount of work. 
  • Lift and drag predictions for different Yaw angles
  • Grid dependence test

2. Introduction to Aero-Thermal Simulations Using ANSYS FLUENT

1Introduction to FLUID FLows

This week will take you through the basic theory on Fluid Mechanics and FLUID dynamics. We will cover the basic fundamental properties that are used to describe a fluid flow along with general CFD methods

  • Types of fluid properties
  • Newtonian and Non Newtonian fluids
  • Description of fluid flows
  • Overview of CFD methods

2Introduction to Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics plays a very important role while designing a particular product which is exposed to environments that will affect its purpose. In this video, you will learn

  • Role of aerodynamics in design
  • Parameters of focus
  • Instruments used in aircraft
  • Similarity parameters
  • Aerodynamic forces and moments

3International Standard Atmosphere

The properties of the atmosphere vary from one place to another. This resulted in the comparison of aircraft performance in different parts of the world to not be realistic. Hence, a common decision was made to create an “International Standard Atmosphere” for comparison purposes. In this video, you will learn

  • What exactly ISA is
  • How to calculate the properties according to height.

4Tetra/Prism generation in ICEM CFD

The quality of the mesh and the elements you use determines the accuracy of the result that you obtain. Using ICEM CFD, you will be introduced to steps to create a suitable domain for a helicopter fuselage. The domain will be meshed with tetrahedral and prism elements. Quality parameters to assess your mesh will also be introduced to you. In this video, you will 

  • Be introduced to ICEM CFD
  • Understand the steps to setup your domain in ICEM CFD
  • Generate a mesh for your geometry
  • Assess the quality of the mesh

5Introduction to flow over airfoil

You can find airfoils in many aerodynamic applications. If you can’t find it, then you would probably have to take a cross sectional view to properly visualize it. For example, the cross section of an airplane wing is in the shape of an airfoil. The airfoil shape helps in generating the necessary forces to help the airplane fly. In this video, you will

  • Be introduced to what an airfoil is
  • Understand the forces acting on an airfoil
  • Use ICEM CFD to generate the domain required to analyse the flow over an airfoil
  • Generate the mesh for two cases
    • Incompressible flow over airfoil
    • Compressible flow over airfoil
    • Assess the quality of the mesh

6Introduction to Turbulence modelling

You would have visually experienced turbulent flow of a fluid by simply opening the tap in your kitchen. The fluid flow will follow an unruly nature once you increase the flow. This is a simple example. Turbulent flows can have negative effects on your product when it flows through air. If you take the example of your car, having highly turbulent flow in certain regions can lead to sources of noise generation and can also affect the performance of your car. Through CFD simulations, it has been made possible to capture this turbulent phenomena to better design your product. In this video, you will

  • Be introduced to what exactly turbulence is
  • Learn why it is important
  • Understand how to model turbulent flows
  • Understand the turbulence models available in commercial CFD packages.

7Simulate the flow over a NACA0012 Airfoil

Using the mesh created in the previous week, you will be taken through how to setup a simulation to analyse the aerodynamic forces on a NACA0012 airfoil. In this video, you will ,

  • Learn how to setup your simulation for analysing aerodynamic forces on an airfoil
  • Analyse the results for various angles of attack

8Introduction to moving zones

There can be two types of motion in fluid flow problems. One is rectilinear and the other one is rotary. Till now, we spoke about rectilinear motion. In order to simulate rotary motion, you need a different approach. In this video, you will 

  • Learn about moving zones
  • Approaches to model moving zones
    • Moving reference frame
    • Moving mesh
  • Learn about types of mesh encountered at interfaces
  • Run a simulation to understand moving zones

9Comparison of Moving Reference and Moving mesh approach

From the two approaches discussed in the previous video, we will use a turbomachinery model to compare the application of both methods and compare the results. In this video, you will

  • Use a turbomachinery component to compare MRF and MM approach
  • Setup the simulation with appropriate parameters
  • Analyse the results

10Transient flow over air compressor

An air compressor is a common turbomachinery component with a large number of moving parts. It is quite difficult to model the entire component. Hence, we will take a sector of the component and apply a periodic boundary condition to the geometry. We will use the FLUENT Console to employ periodic zones in the simulation. In this video, you will

  • Work on a sector a large air compressor
  • Setup periodic zones in FLUENT console
  • Setup the simulation to analyse the turbomachinery component
  • Analyse the results

11Introduction to Computational Aeroacoustics

Noise is generated by an aerodynamic body when it is moving through air. The shape of the body determines the sources that generate this noise. For a car, the mirrors, gaps between the wheels etc are regions of noise generation. Manufacturers use CAA( Computational Aero-Acoustics) to study such sources and minimise the discomfort caused by it to the customer. In this video, you will

  • Learn about acoustics
  • Learn about acoustic analogy methods
  • CAA methodologies

12Broadband Noise modelling

The broadband acoustic solver is one of the CAA methodologies mentioned in the previous section. In this video, we will use the broadband solver to analyse the noise sources over an Ahmed Body. An Ahmed body is a simplified car body that was developed in 1984. This model is used for validation purposes. In this video, you will

  • Use ANSYS Mesher to generate the mesh for your domain
  • Setup a symmetric model in FLUENT
  • Run the acoustic solver to analyse noise sources

Projects Overview

Project 1


In this project, the student will have to setup the domain for analysis of flow over an airfoil at subsonic and supersonic regime. The airfoil will be analysed at 3 different angles of attack and the lift and drag coefficient will be compared in all cases

  • Create domain for flow analysis
  • Setup simulation for subsonic and supersonic regimes at
    • 50, 100, 150 angle of attack

Project 2


In this project, using the CAA methodologies learned in the course, the student will have to perform an acoustic analysis of an automotive ORVM. 

  • Create the domain for analysis
  • Setup the simulation
  • Obtain high noise generating regions

3. Introduction to GUI based CFD using ANSYS FLUENT

1Introduction to CFD

In this module, you will understand what is CFD and its uses. After your first class, you will be able to understand, on a basic level, 

  • Governing equations of fluid motion
  • Numerical discretization
  • The term fluid solver
  • Boundary conditions
  • Post-processing

Once we do this, we will have a rigorous approach to learn MATLAB/Octave

2Simulating laminar and turbulent flows in Ansys Fluent

In this module, the focus is to simulate basic compressible and incompressible flows using Ansys Fluent. You will be getting hands-on experience in

  • Geometry creation
  • Meshing
  • Boundary and Initial condition calculation
  • Setting up solution algorithms
  • Solving and post-processing

3Performing Steady State Simulations

In this module, the focus is to simulate basic compressible and incompressible flows using Ansys Fluent. You will be getting hands-on experience in

  • Geometry creating using space claim
  • How to setup steady-state simulations
  • Checking for convergence and understanding when the simulation converges for different Boundary Conditions
  • How to create runtime animation of engineering parameters
  • Project 1 - HVAC simulation inside a mixing TEE
  • Project 2 - Simulating flow inside a gate valve
  • Project 3 - Performance characterization of a cyclone separator

4Exploring Meshing strategies

Meshing is an important component in CFD analysis. Improper meshing can lead to bad results. In this module, you will learn the different meshing techniques that Ansys Fluent offers.

5External Aerodynamics

Learn the fundamentals of performing external flow analysis using Ansys Fluent. Here, we will focus on the following topics.

  • Setting up virtual wind tunnels using the enclosure utility
  • Item 2
  • Understand vorticies, calculating downforce & drag on a vehicle
  • Y+ estimation & grid refinement.

6Conjugate Heat Transfer

In this module, you will learn how to simulate solid side heat transfer along with the fluid flow. Conjugate Heat Transfer (CHT) refers to simulating multiple modes of heat transfer. For example, in one of the projects you will simulate the heat transfer in an exhaust manifold when hot exhaust products are flowing through it (see image below). When you complete this module, you will be able to do the following

  • Extracting solid and fluid volumes
  • Creating shared topologies for creating conformal meshes
  • Setting up volumetric heat sources
  • Visualizing heat transfer co-efficient distribution

7Discrete Phase Modelling

Discrete Phase Modelling (DPM) is used to model particles, fuel drops, coal, and any other type of suspended phase. You will work on problems like cyclone separator, where you will incorporate the DPM approach to simulate how suspended impurities travel through a cyclone separator.

8Introduction to User Defined Functions

Write customized program and create different monitor points and take the relevant information you need to form the simulation.

9Basic reacting flows

In this module, you will learn how to simulate reacting flows using Ansys Fluent. This includes combustion applications.

Projects Overview

Heat Transfer


In this project, you will be analyzing the heat transfer coefficient and the high-temperature concentration zones through which effective cooling can be achieved. You will implement local sizing methods to improve the meshing and to balance the cell count. 
Concepts learned:
  • The Importance of sharing the topology
  • Need for the Interface
  • Effective meshing
  • Volume rendering in CFD post 

Oil Sloshing


In this project, You will be analyzing the sloshing effect of different lubricants in the gearbox through a dynamic mesh approach. You will be introduced to user-defined functions and its compiling procedure with ANSYS Fluent for providing motion to the gears. Also, You will gain knowledge of the various dynamic mesh settings like smoothing and re-meshing.

Concepts learned:

  • Extracting the required 2D geometry from a complex component
  • Dynamic mesh settings
  • Methods to overcome floating point exception
  • Defining motion to gears by user-defined functions

4. Advanced Meshing for CFD Analysis

1Industry-relevant Curriculum

You will use an advanced pre-processing tool that helps you to set up the simulations until the solving process. It is widely used in the industry for a wide range of CAE applications. Learning pre-processing by working on industry-relevant projects will boost your profile significantly.

2Introduction to Pre-Processing

A brief introduction to the structure of pre-processing, getting to know its GUI, followed by a detailed view of menu bars, icons, module buttons, visibility buttons, features, etc., and some of its functions.

  • In this particular project, you will be working on designing the inner panel of a hood, according to EuroNCAP standards and make sure that the part is manufacturable.
  • You will provide all the necessary reinforcements at the necessary regions and join the outer and inner panel using the proper joining methods.
  • You will also make sure that all the manufacturing requirements are being satisfied with all the cad parts that you design.

3Working with TOPOLOGY

Exploring buttons and its functions available under the TOPO module. At the end of this session

  • You will become familiar with module buttons
  • Different surface editing, recovering functions
  • Creation of references on working geometry

4Working with Surface Mesh

Getting to know the surface mesh and different buttons available under the respective module. At the end of this session, you will be capable of

  • Surface mesh creation with different mesh generation techniques
  • Mesh editing, regenerating, reconstructing techniques
  • Working on elements, warping, volume formations basics

5Introduction to BATCH Mesh, Mesh Parameters and Quality Criteria

  • Exploring mesh parameters and their impacts on the surface mesh
  • Learning how to create and assign a batch mesh on geometry
  • Introduction to various mesh quality criteria and assigning values to them.
  • Clearing quality criteria on a surface mesh using various techniques.

6Working with Part Manager, Properties and Material sets

  • Part creation, editing, grouping, moving techniques
  • Assigning properties, materials, creating sets

7Detailed study of utilities

  • Mastering various isolation techniques, cut sections views, measuring methods.
  • Learn to move, copy, creating links between parts.
  • Learning transform, translate, symmetry, rotation techniques.

8Introduction to Checks Manager

  • Learning how to perform a geometry check ensuring the creation of watertight volume.
  • Performing surface meshes checks to clear proximities, penetrations, bounds, etc.
  • Creating a complete check manager list file and execution.

9Introduction to Volume Meshing

  • Performing auto-manual detection of volumes
  • Assigning PIDs to volumes and creating volumes list
  • Volume mesh generation methods structured and unstructured

Projects Overview

Project 1


In this project, you will work on topology cleanup of a turbocharger assembly. You will learn how to split the compressor side and the turbine side. You will then assign separate Property ID's to get a finer mesh control.

Project 2


In this project, you will cleanup and create the mesh for a disc brake system. Disc brake geometries can be quite complex. You will gain the ability to group parts and apply individual mesh settings to get an overall high quality mesh.




Project 3


In this project, you will work on meshing the interior cabin of a Lexus look-alike model. The geomety is quite complex, you will learn how to create a water-tight model and mesh it.

Project 4


In this project, you will cleanup and mesh various components of a front suspension system. You will employ material sets to assign material properties.

Project 5


In this project, you will wrap a highly "dirty" CAD model using Surface wrapping (also called "Shrink wrap"). This technique is widely used to get an approximate mesh of a complex model in a very short time.

Project 6


In this project, you will mesh an entire wind tunnel. You will learn how to create symmetry boundaries and create Property ID's for each and every relevant surface.

5. Introduction to CFD using Matlab and OpenFOAM

1Importance of Computational Fluid Dynamics

In this module, you will understand what CFD is and its uses. After your first class, you will be able to understand

  • Governing equations of fluid motion
  • Numerical discretization
  • The term "fluid solver"
  • Boundary conditions
  • Post-processing

Once we do this, we will have a rigorous approach to learn MATLAB/Octave.

2Essential Mathematics

In this course, you will be writing solvers and getting your hands dirty with different numerical methods. Before we do this, it is very important to understand the essential mathematical concepts that you will encounter.

  • Series expansion and Taylor's table
  • Understanding the type of Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) and their characteristics
  • How elliptic, hyperbolic and parabolic PDEs relate to the physics of fluid
  • Powering through divergence, curl and gradient
  • Types of linear systems
  • Different ways to solve matrices
  • Computing integral quantities in arbitrary volumes

3Understanding the Physics of Fluids

The most important aspect of CFD is the physics of fluids. Before plunging into CFD, we will analyze flows mathematically and computationally. This is where you develop your technical foundation. Here are some topics that we would cover:

  • Navier and Stokes Equation
  • Understanding the Eulers equation
  • Analyzing fluid systems with the Reynolds Transport Theorem

4Scratching the surface of CFD by Analyzing Consistency and Stability of Numerical Schemes

When we reach this point in the lecture, you are will have the essential knowledge in math, programming and fluid physics to start CFD. We will teach you Von-Neumann stability analysis along with a practical example.

5Computational Fluid Dynamics using OpenFOAM

OpenFOAM is an open-source toolbox with an in-built numerical solver and pre/post processors for solving CFD problems.

In this module, you will:

  • Learn how OpenFOAM solver is structured
  • Learn how to pick a solver
  • Create meshes using blockmesh and SnappyHexMesh

Projects Overview

Project 1


1. 2D Heat Conduction Simulation

  • Solve 2D Steady and transient heat conduction problem
  • Implement Jacobi, Gauss-Seidel and successive over-relaxation solvers
  • Implement Implicit and Explicit methods to solve the transient part
  • Implement diffusion CFL number-based time step control

Project 2


2. Supersonic nozzle flow simulation using MacCormack method

  • 1D supersonic nozzle flow using MacCormack Method
  • Implement conservative and non-conservative form
  • Implement courant number based time step control
  • Measure shock capture accuracy

Project 3


3. Automated blockMesh Generation for Meshing Pipe Geometry

  • Automate mesh generation process using MATLAB/Octave
  • Handle symmetry BC
  • Implement grid stretching

Project 4


4. Flow over a Backward Facing Step

  • Simulate this classical CFD benchmarking problem
  • Run grid dependency test
  • Perform turbulence model sweep studies


  • Students in Mechanical, Aerospace or Automotive engineering
  • This course is aimed at undergraduate students looking to gain an understanding of performing Aerodynamic simulations.
  • Students will be equipped with setting up Aerodynamic simulations from scratch and taking out vital information related to the simulation.


Converge CFD

CONVERGE is a general purpose CFD package that is extremely well suited for reacting and non-reacting flow applications. Converge has been widely adopted in the automotive Industry as the standard for IC Engine simulations.


CMD/CYGWIN is a command line window where you will learn how to navigate to different directories, delete files, run simulations just by using different commands.


Paraview is a post-processing software which users will use to post process the results, see the mesh, create animations and analyse results.


Fluent is the industry-leading fluid simulation software used to predict fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, chemical reactions and other related phenomena. Known for delivering the most accurate solutions in the industry without compromise, Fluent’s advanced physics modeling capabilities include cutting-edge turbulence models, multiphase flows, heat transfer, combustion, shape optimization, multiphysics and much more!

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Frequently Asked Questions

1Who are the instructors and what is the learning process?

Our instructors are industry experts working in Fortune 500 companies. We partner with them to deliver the lectures online. You will be given access to recorded content and assignments each week.

2Are there any prerequisites for this course?

You should be pursuing or have completed a B.E/B.Tech in Mechanical, Aerospace or Automotive Engineering.

3What kind of support I can expect? What if I have doubts?

Our team of dedicated support engineers are available around the clock to assist you with any questions that you might have when you are studying. There are different ways to contact your support engineer, 

  • You can either raise a ticket from your study window
  • You can raise the question in the dedicated Whatsapp chat
  • You can come to the Skill-Center and have your questions answered in person. 

We will answer your questions through either one of these means and help achieve better conceptual clarity. 

4How is this different from what I learnt in college?

Our courses are crafted after consultation with industry experts and are designed to bridge the gap between academia and industry. The modules that you work have real-world applications and the projects that you work on as part of each module will be a project that is currently being conducted in an OEM, the only difference being the scale of the project.

5What advantages will I gain by taking this course?

You will have an edge over your peers by working extensively on industry-relevant projects, practice on tools and software that will set you apart and help you in getting ahead of the competition. Our course will strengthen your portfolio to get better grants and scholarship opportunities for MS Admits, explore options in Research & Development, and land that much-coveted job in top core companies. 

6Will the software be provided?

The license will be provided for accessing CONVERGE CFD

7What is Lifetime Placement Assistance?

Our student success team works with you to help understand your career aspirations, build your profile, conduct tool tests, mock interviews, etc. We also help set up multiple interviews with organizations till you get your first job offer.

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