SG2219 Advanced Compressible Flows 7.5 credits

Kompressibel strömning, avancerad kurs

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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

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 main content

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.


Each topic corrsponds to about 2,5 credits, covered under 12h lectures/seminars and assignments. The course partly adress current research topics at KTH/Mechanics.


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.

Recommended prerequisites

SG2215 Compressible flow


Andersson, Modern Compressible Flow (Chapers 16 & 17 for topic on hypersonic applications).

Distributed material material (for other course topics).


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

Requirements for final grade

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

Offered by



Anders Dahlkild


Anders Dahlkild <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2018.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.