This course has been discontinued.
Last planned examination: Autumn 2017
Decision to discontinue this course: No information inserted
Aerodynamics is a very central topic in the design of aircraft, 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 teaches the methods for and applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in design of aircraft.
Content and learning outcomes
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 (in particular the Swedish national code 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 aerodynamic forces acting on aircraft,
- use modern CFD methods to compute pressure distributions and aerodynamic forces acting on aircraft, both at low and high speed,
- compute the influence of boundary layers, separated flow, stall, wave drag and shock stall for an aircraft wing,
- apply CFD to perform aerodynamic design of aircraft, and explain the obtained results.
Literature and preparations
SD2601 Fundamentals of Flight and SD2800 Experimental Aerodynamics or permission from the coordinator.
Rizzi, A., Computational Aerodynamics in Aircraft Design. Lecture Notes, KTH Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- INL1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
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 credits).
Written exam (TEN1; 2 university credits).
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 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 SD2611
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