AERODYNAMICS 2 - 2020/1

Module code: ENG3207

Module Overview

This third year module in Aerospace Engineering is lecture- and tutorial- based, and continues to develop the understanding of aircraft aerodynamics and design started in ENG2089, ENG2091 and ENG3067 by concentrating on the prediction of lift in compressible flow, the characteristics of hypersonic flow, the impact of these topics on the design of supersonic aircraft, and experimental methods fluid mechanics.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

BIRCH David (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: H400

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progress requirements of Level FHEQ5, together with ENG3167 (Aerodynamics I)

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Compressible flow theory – nozzle flows, normal and oblique shock waves, expansion waves, the shock-expansion theory, viscous flow and heat transfer.

Design of supersonic aircraft - history, wing design, aircraft design for fully supersonic flight.

Hypersonic flow – characteristics of hypersonic flow, gas dynamics, Newtonian and related theories.

Experimental methods – wind tunnels for low and high-speed flow, measurement techniques, experimental methods, related applications.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test Class test 20
Examination Final examination 80

Alternative Assessment

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Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of scientific principles, the ability to adapt and apply those principles to specific calculations and the ability to describe aspects of aerodynamic phenomena and aircraft design. The class test demonstrates the ability to perform a specific calculation and interpret its results.

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

Examination (Learning outcomes 1-7)                2 hours (80%)

In-semester test (Learning outcome 1)              40 mins (20%)

Coursework as an alternative to the class test for late summer assessment        (20%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback and discussion are provided during tutorial classes

Written feedback is provided on the class test

Feedback is also provided via material on SurreyLearn

Module aims

  • To provide an understanding of methods for predicting nozzle flows, and lift and wave drag in supersonic flow, including the effects of finite aspect ratio.
  • To demonstrate how these strands are brought together through a broad discussion of the design of supersonic aircraft.
  • To provide a general appreciation of the physics of hypersonic flow and simple methods for estimating lift in hypersonic flows.
  • To provide an understanding of the specialist experimental facilities and instrumentation used in fluid mechanics, both for aeronautical and related applications.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Understand and be able to apply theories for predicting the behaviour of compressible flows in ducts and nozzles CK SM1B/M, SM2B/M, EA1B/M
002 Understand and be able to apply theories for predicting lift and wave drag on finite aspect ratio wings in supersonic flight CK SM1B/M, SM2B/M, EA1B/M
003 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the underlying theoretical basis of the methods used K SM1B/M
004 Understand and be able to apply knowledge acquired to the general design of supersonic aircraft CK SM1B/M, SM2B/M, EA1B/M
005 Understand the nature of hypersonic flow and be able to apply simple theoretical models for lift estimation CK SM1B/M, SM2B/M, EA1B/M
006 Understand the design and operation of the main classes of experimental facility and the associated instrumentation KT EA1B/M, EA2, P2/M,
007 Be aware of non-aeronautical applications K SM3B/M

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 30

Tutorial Hours: 10

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to develop subject knowledge through theory, applications and worked examples. The module content is delivered through lectures, tutorial classes and SurreyLearn material.

The learning and teaching methods include three hours of lectures per week for ten weeks, one hour of tutorials for ten weeks and eight hours of revision classes.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for AERODYNAMICS 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng3207

Other information

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Aerospace Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.