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Course Description

With a mix of theory and hands-on computer simulations, this course is carefully designed for all those interested in entering the excited field of fluid-structure interaction (FSI). By the end of this course, you will gain an understanding of (i) vortex-shedding, (ii) resonance and self-excited vibrations which are the root causes of common vortex-induced vibration phenomena such as lock-in, galloping and flutter, (iii) dynamic meshes in OpenFOAM, and (iv) setting up and running rigid solid FSI problems using OpenFOAM, and (v) post-processing of results using Python and ParaView. Your understanding of concepts and progress in the course in assessed through regular quizzes and assignments, and a mini project at the end.
Although this course is an introduction to FSI, it is an advanced-level course that requires a decent knowledge of fluid mechanics and CFD and some basic knowledge of calculus, particularly ODEs.
All your assignments and quizzes will be carefully evaluated by the instructors and adequate feedback will be given for improvement.  

Meet the Instructor

Dr Chennakesava Kadapa

Dr Chennakesava Kadapa is the main instructor. He has a master’s degree in Machine Design from IIT Kanpur (India) and a doctorate from Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, Swansea University (UK). He has 2 years of industrial experience at GE Aviation (India) and twelve years of research experience in the field of Computational Mechanics, with a particular focus on computational FSI, among others.

 Key information:

  • Course Content: Contains a total of 20 lessons split into six modules. With about 20 hours of pre-recorded videos, quizzes, and assignments on
        • Vortex-shedding, Undamped, damped, free and forced vibrations
        • Resonance and self-excited vibrations
        • Vortex-induced vibrations: Lock-in, Galloping and Flutter
        • 1-DOF theoretical models and their solutions using Python
        • Dynamic meshes in OpenFOAM
        • High-fidelity FSI simulations using OpenFOAM
        • Post-processing using Python and ParaView
  • Mode: Learn at your pace with recorded videos. So you can enroll at any time you want. 
  • Doubt clearance: Email support and forum.
  • Discussion Forum:  The forum is to interact and exchange ideas with the instructors and other students
  • Total access period: 12 months from the day of enrolling.  Additional extension will be made in special cases on request. 
  • Computer requirement: Minimum 4 GB RAM and i3 processor 
  • Software: OpenFOAM and Paraview in the Linux environment and Python. If you have windows 10 or 11, you can directly use the Ubuntu subsystem in windows for the course. 
  • Access to the course: Once you make the payment, your login ID and password will be sent automatically via email.,

More Information

  • Learn and master FSI, OpenFOAM, Paraview, and Linux
  • Solve FSI problems using OpenFOAM for your Ms and Ph.D. thesis and also for any industrial problems.
  • To be competent in this highly demanding CFD job market and academia 
  • Engineering students pursuing BTech, Mtech or Ph.D. for their academic projects and to enhance their skills
  • CFD Engineers already working in the industry but want to learn and master a new meshing tool
  • Any fluid dynamics/aerodynamics enthusiasts
  • Professors/Lecturers who want to teach or guide their students in CFD projects
  • CAD or FEA Engineers who want to up-skill and shift their career to CFD
  • Do I get a certificate?
    Yes, when you finish all the lessons and the corresponding quizzes/assignments you will gain the course completion certificate with the date of completion.
  • Do I need a powerful workstation/computer to learn this course?
    No, a normal laptop with 4 or 8GB RAM and a decent processor (i3) is good enough for this course.
  • What if I don’t understand some portion or need to clarify some doubts?
    We will support you through emails and zoom meetings/discussion sessions to clear all doubts and questions
  • Should I know the programming of any other CFD software to learn this course? 
    Yes OpenFOAM and Python
  • Is there any prerequisite? 
    Basic knowledge of fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, CFD, and FEM is required to learn FSI. You should also know OpenFOAM and python to the basic level.
  • I don’t have a Linux machine, but windows, can I use it for OpenFOAM?

    yes, you can use Ubuntu in windows subsystem

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Course Includes

  • 28 Lessons
  • 1 Topic
  • 3 Quizzes

Ratings and Reviews

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Posted 4 weeks ago
A Remarkable Learning Journey

I've learned more than I initially expected. This course covers: how to run FSI dynamic mesh case in OpenFOAM, how to analyze the data, and theory behind it. The only thing I didn't like is that one lesson took very long complete, requiring many hours of computation time.

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Yagna Murthy Ayachitula
Posted 2 months ago
Perfect intro for FSI

Everything is well structured from normal karman effect to fluttering of the body.

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Posted 3 months ago
good course

well structured course for beginner of FSI. I learned how to simulate FSI simulation and dynamic mesh based on OpenFOAM

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Kumar Sourav
Posted 6 months ago
Awesome course

I learnt a lot about fluid structure interactions with clarity. Thanks to the Instructor and Flowthermolab.

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Posted 11 months ago
Fluid structural interation

The course was excellently organized, providing a clear and comprehensible grasp of the concepts. The instructor adeptly elucidated the rationale behind each simulation study. Through this course, you'll gain a solid understanding of effectively approaching Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) challenges using OpenFOAM and FreeFem++ software.

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