SG2211 Vehicle Aerodynamics 6.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

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 and criticise present solutions and make an attempt of a good aerodynamic design.

Course main content

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.


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


To be announced at course start. In 05/06: Barnard, R.H., Road Vehicle Aerodynamic Design - An introduction, 2:nd edition 2001, MechAero Publishing, ISBN 0-9540734-0-1.


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 0.8, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.2, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

One written exam (TEN1; 2,2 university credits), written project (PROJ; 3 university credits), laboratory work (LAB1; 0.8 university credits).

Offered by



Alessandro Talamelli


Henrik Alfredsson <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2007.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.