Cornell SimCafe Fluids

This SimCafe Fluids Learning Track was developed by Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran at Cornell University in partnership with Ansys. It serves as an e-learning resource to integrate industry-standard simulation tools into courses and provides a resource for supplementary learning outside the classroom. The following courses show how to solve selected fluid flow problems using Ansys Fluent. These tutorial-based courses follow the same high-level steps; starting with pre-analysis and ending with verification and validation. The successful completion of these simulation courses will provide a thorough understanding of how to set up a CFD simulation using Ansys Fluent.



Bio-medical researchers have been relying on computational fluid dynamics to model and understand the physical mechanisms behind the formation and progression of hemodynamic disorders. In this SimCafe course, you will learn how to model three dimensional internal blood flow in a bifurcating artery. You will create the computational mesh and set up the boundary conditions needed for the simulation. The fundamental concepts and the steps needed to successfully model this fluid flow problem are explained using immersive step-by-step walk-through videos.

Converging-diverging nozzles are used extensively in the area of propulsion, where they are designed to generate the required thrust and assist in the maneuverability of the aircraft or rocket. In this regard, it is important to analyze the flow within the nozzle and reduce the total pressure losses. In this SimCafe course, you will learn how to setup a simulation to analyze the flow through the nozzle and analyze the results.

In this SimCafe course, we will learn how to model transonic flow over an aircraft wing in Ansys Fluent and analyze the results. We will learn the end-to-end workflow in Ansys Workbench and go through all the steps in detail.