AERODYNAMICS - 2024/5
Module code: ENG3167
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.
Mechanical Engineering Sciences
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: 64
Lecture Hours: 33
Tutorial Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 9
Captured Content: 33
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
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
|Unit of assessment
|Class test (40 min)
|Exam (2 hours)
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.
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
- 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.
|Understand and be able to apply theories for predicting lift on finite aspect ratio wings in incompressible flow
|Understand the physics of laminar and turbulent boundary layers and the prediction of viscous drag
|Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the underlying theoretical basis of the methods used
|Be able to predict the onset of compressibility effects and be aware of the general features of wing aerodynamics in the transonic regime
|Understand and be able to apply this knowledge to the general design of subsonic, civil aircraft
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, tutorial classes, guided learning activities and other SurreyLearn material.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- lectures, where theory and applications are discussed with practical examples presented
- tutorials, where students can try to solve aerodynamics problems and prepare for the class test and the final exam
- guided learning activities, proposed to reinforce weekly learning; this includes formative assessment
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.
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The School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities in the following areas;
Employability: This module provides students with knowledge about aerodynamics, and in particular about aircraft aerodynamics. The module builds on this to develop the student’s understanding of aircraft design and in particular their aerodynamical elements.
Digital capabilities: Students will use digital platforms to model and design inviscid, incompressible aerodynamics systems (potential flow). This is conducted as part of the guided learning activities which then feed into the class discussions and solving problems in tutorials.
Sustainability: Student will learn about the effect of aerodynamics on the environment within the discussion on aircraft design. Advanced aerodynamics currently experimented in research to improve aircraft sustainability and fuel consumption are also explored.
Programmes this module appears in
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