• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Juan Felipe Torres
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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In this course students will develop an understanding of low speed and high-speed aerodynamics of wings and bodies. The course includes the fundamental principles of aerodynamics, the derivation of flow equations, the potential flows in two and three dimensions, the theory of airfoils and wings for inviscid and incompressible flow and the determination of lift and induced drag of finite wings. The course also includes the comprehension of the phenomena related to the aerodynamic behaviour under compressible flow conditions and fundamental principles of viscous flows. Advanced topics include the use of computational fluid dynamics, wind tunnel and experimental testing for vehicles testing and development.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe the aerodynamic theory and concepts that are used in the description of flows such as streamlines, circulation, vorticity and others.
  2. Explain the generation of lift and drag forces, the different flow regimes (compressible versus incompressible, viscous versus inviscid), and effects of viscosity on flow.
  3. Execute the governing equations for compressible and incompressible flows to calculate the lift and the pressure distribution over airfoils using potential theory.
  4. Relate the lifting-line theory and Vortex Lattice Numerical Method for calculations of wing lift, lift distribution and induced drag.
  5. Appraise the relevance of transonic, supersonic and hypersonic, and non-linear supersonic flow regimes.
  6. Investigate computational fluid dynamics, wind tunnels and other experimental methods.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratories (20) [LO 1,2,3,6]
  2. Design Project (40) [LO 3,4,5]
  3. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours per semester consisting of the following activities:

·      Approximately, 3-5 hours of face-to face component, which may consist of 1 x 2 hour interactive lecture, 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week, and 4 x 3 hour laboratory sessions.

·      Approximately 5-7 hours of self-study per week which will include self-directed study using the modular content in preparation for interactive lectures and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2222 Engineering Thermodynamics.

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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4479 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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