Checking date: 09/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Aerodynamics I
Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (251)

Coordinating teacher: FLORES ARIAS, OSCAR

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Advanced Mathematics Fluid Mechanics I Fluid Mechanics II
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Fundamental and applied knowledge of Aerodynamics. Fundamental and applied knowledge of the simplified laws that govern the fluid motion around aerodynamic bodies. Fundamental and applied knowledge of the principles that allow the prediction of forces and moments on bodies moving through a fluid. In particular, generation of lift, drag and moments on airfoils (incompressible, subsonic and supersonic regimes) and wings (incompressible regime).
Description of contents: programme
Introduction to Aerodynamics. Incompressible, subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic regimes. Potential flow, linearization. The Kutta-Joukowski theorem and D'Alambert's paradox. Incompressible flow over airfoils. The vortex sheet. The Kutta condition. Kelvin's circulation theorem and the starting vortex. Assymetric and symmetric linearized problems. The aerodynamic center. Drag, stall and high-lift devices. Incompressible flow over finite wings. The Biot-Savart law. Prandtl's lifting line theory. Effect of the aspect ratio. Linear theory of subsonic compressible flows. Prandtl-Glauert correction. Other compressibility corrections. Critical Mach number, Mach Divergence and the area rule. Supercritical airfoils. Supersonic airfoils. Linearized potential theory.
Learning activities and methodology
Theory sessions. Problem sessions working individually and in groups. Lab-sessions with specific software.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • J.M. Gordillo & G. Riboux. Introducción a la Aerodinámica Potencial. Paraninfo. 2012
  • John. S. Anderson, JR. . Fundamentals of Aerodynamics. Mc Graw Hill. 2011
Additional Bibliography
  • E.L. Houghton, P.W. Carpenter. Aerodynamics for engineering students. Edward Arnold.
  • H. Schlichting, E. Tuckenbrodt. Aerodynamics of the Airplane. Mc Graw Hill. 1979
  • Ulgen Gulcat. Fundamentals of modern unsteady aerodynamics. Springer. 2010
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