Module code: ENG3167

Module Overview

Third year module in Aerospace Engineering.

The module is lecture and tutorial based and continues to develop the understanding of aircraft aerodynamics and design started in ENG2089 and ENG2091 by concentrating on the prediction of lift in incompressible flow, the characteristics of laminar and turbulent boundary layers, compressibility effects in subsonic and transonic flow, and the impact of these topics on the design of aircraft in civil aviation.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

CARPENTIERI Matteo (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 103

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 3

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2, Aerospace Engineering

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Incompressible wing theory - Stream function, velocity potential, source, sink, vortex and doublet flows; thin airfoil theory, the Kutta condition, classical theory for symmetrical and cambered aerofoils; Prandtl's lifting-line theory, finite aspect ratio wing theory, downwash and induced drag. Use of incompressible inviscid flow methods in aircraft design.

Viscous flows - Simple viscous flow, laminar boundary layer, transition, turbulent boundary layer, turbulence. Use of viscous flow methods in aircraft design.

Compressible subsonic flow – subsonic similarity theory, critical Mach number, transonic flight. Design for the transonic regime.

Experimental methods - low-speed wind tunnels, anemometry and instrumentation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test Class test (40 min) 20
Examination Exam (2 hours) 80

Alternative Assessment


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.

Summative assessment

In-semester class test (Learning outcome 1)

Final examination (Learning outcomes 1-5)

Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback and discussion is 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 lift in incompressible flow, including the effects of finite aspect ratio.
  • To provide an introduction to laminar and turbulent boundary layers and their importance in determining drag on an aircraft.
  • To bring these strands together in a broad discussion of the design of subsonic, civil aviation aircraft.
  • To provide a general appreciation of the aerodynamics of transonic flow and understanding of means of estimating the extent of the transonic regime for any particular streamlined body.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand and be able to apply theories for predicting lift on finite aspect ratio wings in incompressible flow KC C1,C2
002 Understand the physics of laminar and turbulent boundary layers and the prediction of viscous drag KC C1
003 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the underlying theoretical basis of the methods used K C1,C3
004 Be able to predict the onset of compressibility effects and be aware of the general features of wing aerodynamics in the transonic regime KC C1,C/M6
005 Understand and be able to apply this knowledge to the general design of subsonic, civil aircraft KC C5

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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/capture content, tutorial classes and SurreyLearn material.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 33 hours of lectures (3 hrs x week)

  • 11 hours of tutorials (1 hr x week)

  • 3 hours of revision lectures in week 12

  • 103 hours of independent learning

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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Aerospace Engineering MEng 1 Compulsory 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 2023/4 academic year.