Checking date: 09/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Experimental Aerodynamics
Study: Master in Aeronautical Engineering (296)

Coordinating teacher: IANIRO , ANDREA

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

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 goal of this course is that the student acquires knowledge about experimental methods in aerodynamics and about the methodology for the design of an experiment. CB6: Possess and understand knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity to be original in the development and / or application of ideas, often in a research context. CB8: That students are able to integrate knowledge and to face the complexity of formulating judgments based on information that, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments. CG6: Ability to analyze and solve aerospace problems in new or unknown environments, within wide and complex contexts. CG9: Competence in all those areas related to airport, aeronautical or space technologies that, by their nature, are not exclusive to other branches of engineering. CEA3: Understanding and mastery of the laws of External Aerodynamics in the different flight regimes, and their application to Numerical and Experimental Aerodynamics. CEB2: Adequate knowledge of Advanced Fluid Mechanics, with special emphasis on Experimental and Numerical Techniques used in Fluid Mechanics.
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
Theory sessions. Problem sessions working individually and in groups. Lab-sessions and homeworks
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

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.