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FSG3128 Vehicle Aerodynamics 9.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSG3128 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Overview and review of physical fundamentals of Fluid dynamics. Boundary layers and vorticity. Fluid mechanics of aerodynamic bodies. Bluff body aerodynamics. Aerodynamic forces on road vehicles; their evaluation and possible strategies for their control. Design aspects of external and internal flows in vehicles. During the course seminars will be given on experimental and numerical methods in vehicle aerodynamics, aerodynamics of high-performance cars and aerodynamics of commercial vehicles.

Intended learning outcomes

The course is meant to give the students an introduction and an enhancement of their knowledge of fluid mechanics applied in the area of vehicle engineering. Different methodologies for the evaluation of the aerodynamic forces will be introduced.

At the end of the course the students should be able to

  • analyse the flow field arouns different vehicles
  • estimate aerodynamic forces on a vehicle
  • analyse and criticise present solutions and make an attempt of a good aerodynamic design
  • implement an experimental determination of the drag on a vehicle

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SG1217 (for T), SG1220 (for M), SG2223 (for F).

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • LAB2 - Lab exercise, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 4.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

LAB1 Laboration 2,0 (P, F)

PRO1 Project work 3,0 hp (P, F)

TEN1 Exam 4,0 hp (P, F)

Other requirements for final grade

One oral exam, tutor some undergraduate projects, laboratory work.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FSG3128

Offered by


Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course is given in parallel to SG2211 Vehicle Aerodynamics in period 4.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Mechanics