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SG2219 Advanced Compressible Flows 7.5 credits

The course aims to give the student knowledge about advanced topics in compressible flow in areas which are important for students who aim at a career within aeronautical, aerospace or combustion engineering.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SG2219 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course mainly deals with the following four topics:

  • Laminar compressible boundary layers
  • Thermodynamics for hypersonic applications

In addition a topic of current interest in compressible flow will be covered. The chosen topic is specific for each course round. Possible topics are, e.g.

  • Detonation and deflagration waves
  • Kinetic gas theory
  • Propagation of shock waves

Each part is covered in about 12h lectures/seminars. Parts of the course are closely related to research projects at KTH Mechanics.

Intended learning outcomes

After this course the students should, depending on which topics are treated, be able to:

a) understand how a viscous boudary layer develope at high mach numbers and calculate the velocity and temperature fields.

b) calculate shock-wave propagation in two dimensions

c) understand the coupling between chemical reactions and flow in a gas.

d) extend the thermodynamic concepts to high temperatures

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course is suitable for students in Engineering physics, Mechanical engineering and Vehicle- and Maritime engineering in the fourth year with interest in fluid dynamics and aerodynamics as well as for students in e.g. the international masters program in engineering mechanics. The course is given during period 1 and 2.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

SG2215 Compressible flow


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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


  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM2 - Seminars, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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

Assignments (1,5+1,5 hp), exam (4,5 hp). (Period 1, 3,5 hp och period 2, 4 hp.)

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 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 SG2219

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Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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