Jobs and Training Required for CFD

1. Scope of CFD Analysis and Fluid Flows in Industries

  • CFD Analysis is widely used in mechanical, aerospace, power plant  industries and chemical industries to design or improve the system.
  • CFD aspirants can apply job by searching the relevant industries 
  • CFD job seekers can understand the role of CFD analysis based the types of products developed or services provided by a particular company. Hence, go through the application of CFD 
  • If industries can not afford CFD analysis, they design the  systems ( like heat exchange, selection of fans and pipes etc.) based on correlations and formulations given in books, handbooks and research articles of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, process and reaction engineering

2. Application of CFD Analysis and Fluid Flows

  • Automobile, Aeronautical  and manufacturing industries
  • Cement and process industries
  • Chemical Industries
  • Industries in Turbo machinery (fan, blowers and pumps etc.)
  • Thermal Power Plant industries 
  • Energy sector (Windmills, solar energy, and Battery  applications)
  • Environmental pollution 
  • Heating and ventilation
  • Weather forecasting
  • Defense and space applications 

3. Industry needs following skills

  • CFD Software Development: 
    • Need basic knowledge of CFD modeling
    • Knowledge of numerical methods 
    • Understanding a specialized subject knowledge  like turbulent flow and mathematical equations
    • Experience in CFD solver development
    • Strong skills in Programming languages such C, C++ and FORTRAN 
    • Education: M.S./M.Tech/PhD
  • CFD Software testing Engineer:
    • Need basic knowledge of CFD modeling
    • Knowledge of numerical methods and mathematical equations
    • CFD tools for pre-processing, post-processing
    • Fundamentals of basic subjects Fluid fluid mechanics, heat transfer and transport phenomenon 
    • Intermediate Programming skills in C, C++ and Fortran 
    • Knowledge of CFD solver validations
    • Education: M.S./M.Tech/PhD
  • CFD Application Engineer:
    •  knowledge of different CFD models for turbulent flow, heat transfer, multiphase flow, combustion, etc.
    • Experience on CFD tools (like ANSYS FLUENT, Star CCM, COMSOL) for pre-processing, simulation, and post-processing
    • Application of Fluid fluid mechanics, heat transfer and transport phenomenon for industries
    •  Programming skills at elementary or intermediate level
    • Education: B.Tech, M.S./M.Tech, PhD
  • Design or Thermal or Process Engineer:
    • Basics of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, process and reaction engineering
    • Experience in design software: FRNC for the design of fired heater, FLOWNEX for Design of Turbine, Power Plant Equipments
    • Education: B.Tech, M.S./M.Tech

* Type of skills and subject knowledge may vary as per the scope of job prescribed by the company

4. Domain Expert in CFD Modeling

4.1 Aero-acoustics Engineer:

  • The role of the engineer is to  predict the  noise  and its reduction techniques 
  • The work deals with acoustics design and vibration control in moving parts like fans, ducts, blowers, automotive cabins, and external aerodynamics.
  • Key Subject: Fluid dynamics, Aero-acoustics, Compressible, and incompressible flow

4.2 Aerodynamics Engineer:

  •  Evaluate the effects of aerodynamics on the performance of vehicles and airplanes
  • It is for automobile and aerospace industries
  • Key Subject: Fluid dynamics, Drag and lift, Compressible and incompressible flow

4.3 FSI Specialist

  • , Fluid-structure interaction (FSI)  is a combination of CFD and structure analysis  
  • FSI analyst are essential in many industries for design and selection materials
  • Key Subject: CFD, Fluid dynamics, Structure (FEA)

4.4 Combustion Engineer:

  • To predict the flame and heat transfer due to  combustion  of fuels in burners, furnaces, boilers, gas turbines 
  • Key Subject: Combustion

4.5 Process Engineer:

  • Designs, analyze, and optimizes chemical processes in chemical, oil and gas, food processing, and mineral industries 
  • Key Subject: Heat and Mass Transfer, Multiphase flow,  Chemical Engineering

4.7 Thermal Engineer:

  • Analysis of heat transfer (heating or cooling)  in the different products in thermal power plant, automobile, and process industries.
  • Key Subject: Conduction, convection, and radiation 

4.8 Turbo-machinery Engineer:

  • Works primarily with the design and performance of compressors or turbines.
  • Key Subject: Turbo-machinery, Pumps, Turbine, etc. 


Refer to this article for ” Common Questions asked about CFD Modeling” for Jobs and Career in CFD Modeling


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