This work involves a methodology for Mechanical Engineering students to learn Computational Fluid Dynamics playing an active role. Students carry out a fluid mechanics down scaled projects with the steps of sensibility of mesh, convergence of numerical algorithm, validation of turbulence model and description of flow patterns. Furthermore, they develop their critical thought when they identify weak points susceptible for improvement.
The offer of benchmark test cases ranges from head loses, driven cavities, swirling flows, to external aerodynamics. Simplifications to the level of undergraduate courses imply two dimensional simulations and a limited number of grid points. Hence, the assessment is based in coherence of decisions and efficient use of limited resources.
A review of the offer of workshops is supplied, such as the Ahmed car, the Roback and Johnson burner, aerodynamics of different NACA airfoils, and different geometries of driven cavities. These are classical test cases of numerical research and a sample of applications in wind energy, industrial furnaces, and lubrication.
Parametrization based in geometry, Reynolds number, Pitch angle among other, let simulate different flow patterns with similar degree of difficulty.
There is a deeper understanding of the topic when students need to discuss the strategies to accomplish the project, they need to write a technical report and finally they need to justify the evaluation of other works. Also, it is important to link the simplified projects of the workshop with the real world and the industrial applications.