A fun and interesting online course to learn fluid mechanics and CFD as well as how they are applied to sports and environments around buildings is coming up soon. In his MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) entitled “Sports and Building Aerodynamics,” Professor Bert Blocken of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) plans to introduce wind tunnel testing and the use of ANSYS CFD. The course begins April 28, 2014.
You might have wondered about how aerodynamic shaping of cars, bikes, etc. affects the win/loss or margin of victory in a race. This course will give you insights about how the physics shapes these objects and influences performance.
Blocken wrote a blog recently about how drag resistance on a front rider decreases by 2.5%, which in turn is a gain of 1 second per kilometer in a cycling race. Another Blocken-authored story appeared in an ANSYS Advantage issue that investigated optimum stadium design to protect spectators from rain. This information comes from recent research using CFD and wind tunnel testing, and the MOOC is based on it.
The MOOC runs for six weeks. The first three weeks focus on fundamentals: basics of fluid mechanics, wind-tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics. The second half focuses on applications: building aerodynamics, sprint aerodynamics and cycling aerodynamics. Fundamentals and applications are closely linked.
The first half of the course provides many examples in sports and building aerodynamics to explain the importance and relevance of the fundamentals. The last half focuses on the applications, in which full understanding of flow physics comes from the knowledge of the fundamentals — and frequently reference will be made to the first three weeks.
Each week consists of a series of short lecture videos (called modules) of about 8-15 minutes each. Reading assignments are provided for every week. and the course wraps up with an evaluation of a published scientific paper on wind-tunnel testing and/or CFD for Sports and/or Building Aerodynamics. There is a final exam and participants can earn a Certificate. To register, visit https://www.coursera.org/course/spobuildaerodynamics.