Course Credit:
4
The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of low-speed aerodynamics and an introduction to compressible flows. The course covers concepts in incompressible airfoil theory, including symmetric and cambered airfoils using the analytical approach. The course also covers incompressible lifting theory, including down wash, Kutta condition, application of fundamentals to the design of a wing to meet given performance criteria. The course also covers topics in compressible flow and shock wave including expansion waves, linear theory and linearized supersonic flow. Finally, the course covers several methods/models, Euler codes, CFD tools, credibility of CFD simulations, ground-based test programs, flight-test programs, integration of experimental and computational tools and the aerodynamics design philosophy. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals, physical mechanisms, solution techniques, importance of incompressible and compressible flows and the design and operation of flow systems induced by flight vehicles or flying objects or submerged objects in the atmosphere.