Introduction to Thermo Fluids

Introduction to Thermal Fluids is designed to give you proficiency in fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics. The course explores mathematical, experimental as well as some computational tools that are needed in the disciplines of flow and heat transfer.

Perfect for individuals leading busy lives seeking the flexibility of asynchronous learning with adjustable due dates.
• Self-guided learning with instructor support.
• Participants have 12 weeks to complete this course.


Aroon Viswanathan

Aroon Viswanathan

Aroon Viswanathan holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an MBA from UW-Madison and is currently working at Modine Manufacturing Company as an Engineering Manager, leading a team of engineers in development of ... read more

Who Should Attend

  • Working knowledge of physics and basic calculus needed to understand the concepts taught in the course
  • Audience with an educational background in flow and heat transfer may be overqualified for this course
  • Individuals with hands-on experience in the industry (engineers, lab technicians, field service technicians, etc.) can benefit from the course and additionally make the course more interactive by sharing their experiences

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the theory of fluid mechanics and heat transfer concepts
  • Study the practical applications of thermo-fluid concepts in the industry
  • Understand the experimental and computational tools used in the industry for solving thermo-fluid problems

Course Outline/Topics

Day 1

  • Fluid mechanics basics (2 hours)
    • Laminar and turbulent flow
    • Incompressible and compressible flow
    • Boundary layer
    • Navier-Stokes equations
  • Heat transfer basics (3 hours)
    • Conduction, convection, radiation
    • Heat transfer circuit diagrams
  • Thermodynamics basics (2 hours)
    • Thermodynamics related to heat transfer

Day 2

  • Fluid devices (2 hours)
    • Static devices
      • Mixers
  • Dynamic devices
    • Pumps
    • Fans/blowers
  • Heat transfer devices (1.5 hours)
    • Heat exchangers
    • Gas turbines/ turbochargers
  • Experimental techniques (1.5 hours)
  • Computational methods (2 hours)
    • CFD and heat transfer basics
    • Navier-Stokes equations solutions


Out of Scope

  • Advanced thermodynamics (phase change, P-V diagrams, thermodynamic cycles)
  • Advanced fluid mechanics (multiphase flows, compressible flows, hyper/supersonic flows)
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics

Participants have 12 weeks to complete this course.

Date: Open enrollment – Register anytime

Delivery Method: On-Demand Online

Platform: Canvas

Instructor: Aroon Viswanathan

Fee: $1,290

CEUs: 1.4, PDHs: 14

Program Number: 4810-15313

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