Aerodynamics

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Aerodynamics

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Aerospace Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Advanced Mathematics, Fluid Mechanics

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Aerodynamics
    Course Number: 251 - 15330
    ECTS credits: 6
    YEAR 3/ Upper Division

    PREREQUISITES/STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE COMPLETED::
    Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
    Advanced Mathematics
    Fluid Mechanics

    COMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS:

    Fundamental and applied knowledge of Aerodynamics.
    Fundamental and applied knowledge of the simplified laws that govern the fluid motion around aerodynamic bodies.
    Fundamental and applied knowledge of the principles that allow the prediction of forces and moments on bodies moving through a fluid. In particular, generation of lift, drag and moments on airfoils (incompressible, subsonic and supersonic regimes) and wings (incompressible and subsonic regimes).

    DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS:

    Introduction to Aerodynamics. Incompressible, subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic regimes. Potential flow, linearization. The Kutta-Joukowski theorem and D'Alambert's paradox.

    Incompressible flow over airfoils. The vortex sheet. The Kutta condition. Kelvin's circulation theorem and the starting vortex. Assymetric and symmetric linearized problems. The aerodynamic center. Drag, stall and high-lift devices.

    Incompressible flow over finite wings. The Biot-Savart law. Prandtl's lifting line theory. Effect of the aspect ratio.  

    Linear theory of subsonic compressible flows. Prandtl-Glauert correction. Other compressibility corrections. Critical Mach number, Mach Divergence and the area rule. Supercritical airfoils.

    Supersonic airfoils. Linearized potential theory.


    LEARNING ACTIVITES AND METHODOLOGY:

    Theory sessions.
    Problem sessions working individually and in groups.
    Lab-sessions with specific software.

    ASSESSMENT SYSTEM:

    End-of-term exam (60%)
    Class exams (20%)
    Lab sessions (20%)

    In order to pass the subject, two requirements need to be met:

    1) to have a MINIMUM mark of 4.0/10 in the end-of-term exam;
    2) to have a minimum  overall mark of 5.0/10 (weighing 60% the end-of-term exam mark and 40% the mark of the continuous evaluation).
        
    BIBLIOGRAPHY:

        J.M. Gordillo & G. Riboux. Introducción a la Aerodinámica Potencial. Paraninfo. 2012
        John. S. Anderson, JR. . Fundamentals of Aerodynamics. Mc Graw Hill. 2011

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.