## ME30032: Aerodynamics

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Period:
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
• Examination (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
ME30032 Re-Assessment Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites:
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.

Aims: To improve the students' understanding of fundamentals of inviscid and viscous flow, principles of lift and drag, turbulence and compressibility.

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 (Year 3)
• UEME-AKB26 : BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• UEME-AFM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Year 3)
• UEME-AKM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)

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

Department of Mechanical Engineering
• UEME-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Year 4)
• UEME-AKM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
• UEME-AFM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 4)
• UEME-AKM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 5)
• UEME-AFM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering (Year 4)
• UEME-AKM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

 Notes: This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2022/23 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2023/24 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2022/23. Programmes and units are subject to change 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. Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.