Checking date: 28/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Experimental Aerodynamics
Master in Aeronautical Engineering / Máster Universitario en Ingeniería Aeronáutica (Plan: 328 - Estudio: 296)

Coordinating teacher: DISCETTI , STEFANO

Department assigned to the subject: Aerospace Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of aerodynamics and fluid mechanics.
The main objective of the Experimental Aerodynamics course is to develop the ability to design and perform experimental campaigns and analyze experimental data. The knowledge includes the design of experiments, the facilities for aerodynamic tests, the different available measurement techniques, and the statistical tools for the analysis of the results.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Theoretical fundamentals of experimental aerodynamics: Buckingham pi theorem, fundamental equations and non dimensional numbers. Statistical data characterization and elements of data processing Experimental facilities and wind tunnel testing Aim and principles of flow visualization Flow pressure measurements Temperature and heat-flux measurements Density-based methods Thermal Anemometry Laser Anemometry Volumetric Velocimetry Measurement of wall shear stresses Force and moments measurements
Learning activities and methodology
AF1 - Theoretical session AF2 - Practical session AF3 - Computer room practical session AF4 - Laboratory sessions AF5 - Individual student work AF6 - Tutorials AF7 - Partial and final exams MD1 - Class lectures by the professor with the support of computer and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the bibliography is provided to complement the student's learning. MD3 - Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc. posed by the teacher individually or in groups. MD5 - Preparation of reports individually or in groups.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 25
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 75
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Alexander J. Smits, T. T. Lim. Flow Visualization:Techniques and Examples. ICP. 2012
  • Stefano Discetti, Andrea Ianiro. Experimental Aerodynamics. CRC Press . 2017
Additional Bibliography
  • Miguel A. Mendez, Andrea Ianiro, Bernd R. Noack, Steven L. Brunton. Data-Driven Fluid Mechanics Combining First Principles and Machine Learning. Cambridge University Press. 2022

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.