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## ME30032: Aerodynamics

Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 6
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Period: Semester 1
Assessment: EX 100%
Supplementary Assessment: ME30032 Re-Assessment Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To improve the students' understanding of fundamentals of inviscid and viscous flow, principles of lift and drag, turbulence and compressibility.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Estimate lift for an arbitrary aerofoil cross-sections.
* Calculate the load distributions over an arbitrary three-dimensional wing.
* Apply the boundary layer equations to laminar and turbulent flow.
* Estimate the drag, and predict lift and drag at high Mach numbers.

Skills:
Problem solving and numeracy (taught and assessed).

Content:
Incompressible flow over aerofoils: irrotational flow over a circular cylinder, Kutta-Joukowski theorem, thin aerofoil theory, cambered and flapped aerofoil, vortex panel method, high-lift devices.
Incompressible flow over finite wings: induced drag, lifting-line theory, general lift distribution, lifting-surface theory, delta wings.
Fundamentals of viscous flow: viscosity and stress, fluid acceleration, conservation of mass and momentum.
Boundary layers: boundary layer equations, zero pressure gradient, separation, similarity solutions, arbitrary pressure gradient, boundary layer control in laminar flow, other thin shear flows.
Flow instabilities, transition and turbulence: stability theory, instability over a flat plate, factors affecting instability and transition, turbulent transport of momentum, turbulent boundary layer over a flat plate, turbulent drag reduction and separation control, turbulence measurement.
Lift and drag at high Mach numbers: Mach number regimes, normal and oblique shock waves, expansion waves, shock-expansion theory for supersonic aerofoils, subsonic and transonic flow over aerofoils, linearised supersonic flow, wings and influence of sweepback.
Topics for self study that could be examined.
Programme availability:

#### ME30032 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
• UEME-AFB26 : BEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering (Full-time) - Year 3
• UEME-AKB26 : BEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
• UEME-AFM04 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering (Full-time) - Year 3
• UEME-AKM04 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM05 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with French (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM06 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with German (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

#### ME30032 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
• TSMA-AFM08 : MSc Modern Applications of Mathematics (Full-time) - Year 1
• TSMA-AWM14 : MSc Modern Applications of Mathematics ) - Year 1
• TSMA-AFL02 : PG Dip Modern Applications of Mathematics (Full-time) - Year 1
Department of Mechanical Engineering
• UEME-AFM01 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM01 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM02 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering with French (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM02 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering with French (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM03 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering with German (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM03 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering with German (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM16 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM16 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM17 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with French (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM17 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with French (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM18 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with German (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM18 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with German (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM38 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM38 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM39 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing, Management and French (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM39 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing, Management and French (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
• UEME-AFM40 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing, Management and German (Full-time) - Year 4
• UEME-AKM40 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing, Management and German (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5

Notes:
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.