SG3128 Vehicle Aerodynamics 9.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Information for research students about course offerings

The course is given in parallel to SG2211 Vehicle Aerodynamics in period 4.

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 - Lab excercise, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

One oral exam, tutor some undergraduate projects, laboratory work.

Offered by



Henrik Alfredsson


Henrik Alfredsson <>

Supplementary information

The course is given in parallel to SG2211 Vehicle Aerodynamics in period 4.


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2010.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.