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Development of an educational CFD software for two dimensional incompressible flows

Nakiboğlu, Güneş
The main purpose of this research is to develop a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to be used as an educational tool in teaching introductory level fluid mechanics and CFD courses. The software developed for this purpose is called Virtual Flow Lab. It has a graphical user interface (GUI) that enables basic pre-processing, solver parameter and boundary condition setting and post-processing steps of a typical CFD simulation. The pressure-based solver is capable of solving incompressible, laminar, steady or time-dependent problems on two-dimensional Cartesian grids using the SIMPLE algorithm and its variants. Blocked-cell technique is implemented to extend the types of the problems that can be studied on a Cartesian grid. A parametric study is conducted using a number of benchmark problems in order to test the accuracy and efficiency of the solver and successful results are achieved.