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SD2611 Aerodynamic Design of Aircraft 9.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2611 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

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 (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

Specific prerequisites

SD2601 Fundamentals of Flight and SD2800 Experimental Aerodynamics or permission from the coordinator.

Recommended prerequisites

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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.

Grading scale

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


  • 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

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 credits).
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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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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Replaces SD2610.