Course at a Glance


This course was developed for practicing engineers within the AEC industry, and advanced students, who are looking for a primer on using Autodesk Simulation CFD on their projects. This is the second of a series of six courses, and it can be taken by itself for users who are familiar with Simulation CFD but are new to meshing and setting boundary conditions for AEC applications.

Building Design and Construction


4 hours

Simulation CFD Fundamentals 2: Boundary Conditions and Meshing

Build on your fundamental knowledge of Autodesk Simulation CFD. In this course you'll learn how to define the surrounding environment’s interaction with your model, by setting boundary conditions for values like air temperature and flowrates. Then you'll learn about meshing: the process by which the model is divided into thousands or even millions of smaller regions for numerical calculations. Valid boundary conditions and meshing are critical for good and useful simulations.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how boundary conditions affect the simulation model.
  • Practice transforming known physical values to Simulation CFD inputs.
  • Describe what a mesh is, and how its created in Simulation CFD.
  • Apply a strategic approach to building a valid mesh for a variety of AEC applications.
  • Build a mesh yourself on a typical model that would be used for thermal and fluid flow simulations in an office space.
  • Observe the impact of mesh quality on results and run time. 

This course is based on the content that's found in the following sections of the Intro to Simulation CFD for AEC Applications publication:

  1. Understanding Boundary Conditions in Simulation CFD
  2. Meshing in Simulation CFD

This online course includes some quizzes to test and track your knowledge, and completing the course is an easy way to meet continuing education requirements for the USGBC.

Links and References


Sim Specialists
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