Faculty Advisor

Tryggvason, Gretar


The study of fluids is vital for our understanding of the world. Traditionally this was done through studying fluid flow on models in something like a wind tunnel, but in the last century the field of computational fluid dynamics has come into being. One program that is capable of modeling fluid flow is Fluent. The aim of this project was to model a few scenarios using Fluent. The purpose of doing so was to see how accurate the program was at modeling fluid flow in order to see if computational fluid dynamics has advanced enough to do away with the traditional methods. After running simulations in both 2D and 3D I found that Fluent is not quite ready to replace the wind tunnel.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2009


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering