Abstract

One of the known definitions of engineering is the creative application of principles. Also, one of the recent trends in engineering education is a more comprehensive view of design skills, ABET, Student Outcomes 2. The design constraints have been expanding beyond the technical requirements to include public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. Creativity and deign are two sides of one coin. In the published literature, there is a debate if creativity can be taught and grow in students or it is a personal gift for a limited number of future engineers. In this work, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is discussed as a tool that can grow the creativity kills in students. With the enhanced simulation environment of CFD tools, students can expand their design skills and grow their creativity beyond the limitations of physical modeling.

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