SD2611 Aerodynamic Design of Aircraft 9.0 credits

Aerodynamisk utformning av flygplan

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Last planned examination: autumn 17.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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.

Course main content

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.


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.


  • INL1 - Assignments, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

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

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering


Arthur Rizzi <>

Supplementary information

Replaces SD2610.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2011.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2011.