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Faculty Development Program on Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

3 Feb 2018

School of Engineering and Technology, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) organized a five day faculty development program on “Finite element Analysis (FEA) and Computational fluid Dynamics (CFD)” from 29 January to 2 February 2018. The FDP was jointly organized by the departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Food Science and technology.

The FDP aims to provide opportunities to faculty members, research scholars and post graduate students to enrich their teaching skill and research in the fields of FEA and CFD. The Program intends to develop the knowledge of participants by providing hands on training sessions on the latest software tools by industry professionals. The FDP provides common forum for useful interaction between faculty members, students and industry professionals. It was attended by faculty members of the different departments and PG students. The FDP was sponsored by TECH-ED, Equipment Company, TIC and HTI.

Day 1
Dr. Nagaraj Seetharam gave an introductory session on CFD. The talked was aimed at providing the basic concepts on how the CFD could be used for solving engineering problems. Mesh generation, applying the different boundary conditions and obtaining the solution for an engineering problem using the CFD were the major highlights of the session. The session was well appreciated by all the participants.
Prof. Ashok Bakshi delivered a talk on the application of FEA for aerospace engineering. An in-depth information about the aircrafts design features, various payloads, conditions and different requirements for aircraft flight were provided. The session concluded by providing the answers for the queries raised by the audience.

Dr.Venkadeshwaran, Professor of Mechanical Engineering delivered a session titled “Basics of FEA”. In this session, the participants obtained a useful knowledge of the basics of FEA in the areas of modelling, mesh generation and APDL programming using ANSYS analysis tool. As programming part in ANSYS is not used commonly, this session helped the participants to obtain exposure and insight about APDL programming. The session also highlighted the potential capabilities of APDL programming.

Day 2
The first session of the day was from Dr.Maqsood of the Civil engineering department of Jain University. The basics of FEA its evolution and the basic equations used for solving engineering problems through FEA was discussed. The speaker provided many examples of the engineering problems which could be easily solved through FEA and thereby highlighting the importance of FEA.

The second session was presided by Dr. Bhaskar Dixit of the Fire and Combustion research Centre (FCRC) of Jain University. In this session, the application of CFD for fire and combustion modelling was discussed. The talk highlighted the use of empirical equations in Fire and combustion modelling. Elementary aspects of the enclosure fire dynamics were also highlighted.

The third session of the day was delivered by Dr.Rana Salva of the Food science and technology department. The talk was based on the application of CFD in vacuum frying of food.

The third session of the day was from Dr. Nagaraj Seetharam. In the session, the application of turbulence modeling in CFD for solving engineering problems was discussed in detail. This session was followed by the case study session highlighting the different case studies.

Day 3
The first session on this day was given by Prof. Manjunath I B from the mechanical engineering department. The title of the session was “The role of grid generation in CFD and case studies on transport aircraft” This session dealt with the approximation methods used in CFD solvers. For this, an aero foil shaped profile was considered. A training session was also provided to teach the usage of approximation methods. Students and faculties both were benefitted from this session. The session was followed by Dr.Banu Priya of the Indian Institute of Plantation Management (IIPM) Bangalore. In the session, the speaker highlighted the applications of the CFD for Agriculture.

The afternoon session was delivered by Mr.Balaji from MSC NASTRAN. In the session, the usefulness of NASTRAN as a software analysis tool was discussed. The advantages of NASTRAN over other soft wares and its application in aerospace analysis were made known to the audience. After the lecture session, a hands on training session was arranged in which the participants got the opportunity to work on the latest version of NASTRAN. A model was developed in NASTRAN which was later meshed. Boundary conditions was applied to the meshed model and solve d in PATRAN which is the solver. The results of the analysis as colored plots were also obtained as a last part of the analysis.

Day 4
The first session of the day was by Prof.Ashok Bakshi. In this session, the details of the application of CFD to aerospace engineering was provided.

The afternoon session was delivered by Dr.B.S Anil Kumar from BNM Institute of Technology on CFD. The title of the lecture was “CFD analysis of NACA five digit aero foil for 3 million free stream Reynolds number using Spalart Allmaras Turbulence model”. In this session, the pressure distribution for various angles of attack was discussed using the results obtained from CFD analysis of the aero foil. The CFD results were also compared with the experimental results obtained during the wind tunnel testing which showed a good agreement. Various other CFD turbulence models were compared with the Spalart Allmaras model which showed an improved performance.

Prof. Amar Shankar delivered an interesting speech on the application of CFD for food technology. The speech highlighted the various techniques in food technology which involves the application of CFD like the mixing of the flour in kneader, mixing of food in an extruder etc.

Day 5
The first session on day 5 was delivered by Dr.Rekha Menon from National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) on the applications of CFD in dairy processing. In this session, Dr. Menon talked in detail about the various processing techniques which takes place in dairy industry. The methods of milk preservation techniques such as the pasteurization and chilling were also discussed. The queries raised by the audience were well addressed by the speaker.

A lecture session on ANSYS fluent followed by a hands on training was provided by Mr. Jeshwanth of Innovent Engineering Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. The lecture was completely dedicated to teaching the basics of meshing and grid generation in the ANSYS Fluent software tool. A step by step approach was followed in the lecture. The participants could well appreciate the various features of the tool by learning the different commands.