Lateral Thinking in Learning Computational Fluid Dynamic Methods
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Although a traditional engineering education system is good in imparting the intended know-how, it does not focus much on the delivery system. Applying lateral thinking techniques can provide a value addition to delivery as illustrated in this work, for the course of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). CFD is a powerful engineering simulation tool and a trending elective course taught at several universities. CFD methods build on numerical methods to resolve flows and design flow related
... flow related equipment. Here several methods form the core of the course, making teaching and learning them all a rigorous mathematical exercise. Hence lateral thinking techniques were applied to sustain and enhance student interest. A basic CFD method (Lax-Wendroff) was first taught. It was then illustrated how suspended judgment, generation of alternatives and fractionation were applied to further elucidate closely related CFD methods, namely those of Maccormack and Richtmyre. Hence lateral thinking was successfully applied for value addition to delivery in the class room, and a framework was thereby suggested to explore other CFD methods in this way. The work demonstrates the possibilities in amalgamating lateral thinking with analytical content in engineering education.