SD2610 Computational Aerodynamics 9.0 credits

Beräkningsaerodynamik

Aerodynamics is a very central topic in Aeronautics, but is also important in design of cars, trains, boats and bridges. Aerodynamic properties of an aircraft and its components can in many cases be computed by solving the governing differential equations for the flow with numerical methods. This course covers methods for and applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in design of aircraft and other vehicles.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The basic theory used in CFD methods is dealt with during lectures; models for viscous flow, inviscous flow coupled with boundary layer solvers, compressible and incompressible flow. Properties of the governing partial equations are treated, as well as numerical methods for solving these.

The theory is then applied in a number of computer labs where you learn how to use CFD software (FLUENT and EDGE). The CFD codes are used to solve a series of applied problems in aerodynamics. The labs are performed in cooperation with others. Guest lectures give insight in industrial applications of CFD, in particular the interaction between aerodynamics and design of aircraft.

Intended learning outcomes *

The overall objectives of the course are that you should be able to:

  • motivate different mathematical models of the flowfield around an aircraft,
  • use modern CFD methods to compute pressure distributions and aerodynamic forces acting on aircraft, both at low and high speed,
  • analyze the influence of boundary layers, separated flow, stall, wave drag and shock stall for an aircraft wing,
  • explain the possibilities and difficulties with using CFD for aerodynamic design of aircraft.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

SD2600 Aircraft Performance Analysis and SD2800 Experimental Aerodynamics or permission from the coordinator.

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

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Literature

Rizzi, A., Computational Aerodynamics in Aircraft Design. Lecture Notes, KTH Aeronautical & Vehicle Engineering.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade *

Laboratory work (LAB1; 4 university credits).
Hand-in assignments (INL1; 3 university credit).
Written exam (TEN1; 2 university credits).

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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Examiner

Arthur Rizzi

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 SD2610

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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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.

Supplementary information

The Course has been replaced by SD2611-