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Lectures

Aerodynamics

Course Summary

This course is based on 16.100 Aerodynamics, Fall 2005 made available by Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
This course extends fluid mechanic concepts to the aerodynamic performance of wings and bodies in sub/supersonic regimes. The course has four components: (i) subsonic potential flows, including source/vortex panel methods; (ii) viscous flows, including laminar and turbulent boundary layers; (iii) aerodynamics of airfoils and wings, including thin airfoil theory, lifting line theory, and panel method/interacting boundary layer methods; (iv) and supersonic and hypersonic airfoil theory.

Aerodynamics is the study of the flow of air about a body. In this case, the body will be an airplane, but much of the aerodynamics in this course is relevant to a wide variety of applications from sail boats to automobiles to birds. The course should help students to: formulate and apply appropriate aerodynamic models to predict the forces on and performance of realistic three-dimensional configurations; assess the applicability of aerodynamic models to predict the forces on and performance of realistic three-dimensional configurations and estimate the errors resulting from their application; perform a computational and experimental aerodynamic analysis and design.

Reading Material

1. Fundamentals of Aerodynamics. 3rd ed.
Anderson, John D. Fundamentals of Aerodynamics. 3rd ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2001. ISBN: 007237350
2. Introduction to Flight. 5th ed.
Anderson, John D. Introduction to Flight. 5th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2004. ISBN: 0072990716
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3. An Introduction to Theoretical and Computational Aerodynamics
Moran, Jack. An Introduction to Theoretical and Computational Aerodynamics. 1st ed. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, 2003. ISBN: 0486428796.
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4. Foundation of Aerodynamics
Kuethe, Arnold, and Chuen-Yen Chow. Foundation of Aerodynamics. 5th ed. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, 1997. ISBN: 0471129194.
5. Aerodynamics for Engineers
Bertin, John J. Aerodynamics for Engineers. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001. ISBN: 0130646334.

Course Material

1. Lift and Drag Primer (321 KB pdf)

2. Thin Airfoil Theory Summary (198 KB pdf)
(To accompany Homework 4)

3. Wind Tunnel Wall (354 KB pdf)
(To accompany Project Assignment 1)

4. Lift Generation and Streamline Curvature (98 KB pdf)

5. Cylinder Drag with Roughness (586 KB pdf)
(To accompany Project Assignment 3)

6. CFD Notes (723 KB pdf)
(To accompany Project Assignment 4)

7. Conceptual Description of Wave Drag (409 KB pdf)

8. CD NACA (523 KB pdf)

9. Homework 1
Kinematics, Stress-strain, and Navier-Stokes Equations
Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel Test
Aerodynamic Design of BWB - Lecture by Bob Liebeck, The Boeing Company
10. Homework 2
2-D Potential Flow
11. Homework 3
2-D Panel Methods
12. Homework 4
Thin Airfoil Theory and Vortex Lattice Methods
13. Homework 5
Lifting Line and High Aspect Ratio Wings
14. Homework 6
Navier-Stokes Equations
15. Homework 7
Boundary Layers: Laminar
16. Homework 8
Boundary Layers: Laminar (cont.) and Separation
17. Homework 9
Boundary Layers: Transition and Turbulence

18. Project Assignments
Project Assignment 1 (PDF file)
Project Assignment 2 (PDF file)
Project Assignment 3 (PDF file)
Project Assignment 4 (PDF file)
Project Design Assignment (PDF file)

19. Sample exam questions
Take-home Exam 1 (PDF file)
Take-home Exam 2 (PDF file)
Take-home Exam 1 Study Questions (Answers are in the Yellow Boxes) (PDF file)

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