• Class Number 4479
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Juan Felipe Torres
    • Dr Juan Felipe Torres
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
    • Sahar Hosseini
    • Shufan Yang
SELT Survey Results

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.

Research-Led Teaching

In Lab 1, the students will build their own glider and test/analyse its flight performance in real conditions. In Lab 2, the students will learn how to create a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of a subsonic and supersonic aerofoil to study the drag and lift in low-speed incompressible and high-speed compressible flows. Different parameters such as the aerofoils shape, angle of attack, and environmental conditions will be investigated.

Required Resources

We follow the textbook "Fundamentals of Aerodynamics" by John Anderson (Sixth Edition). The students should read the chapters of this book corresponding to the lectures indicted in the syllabus. The textbook can be read online via ANU Library.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introductory thoughts Homework W1 assigned
2 Fundamental principles and equations Homework W2 assigned Homework W1 due
3 Inviscid, incompressible flow Homework W3 assigned Homework W2 due
4 Incompressible flow over aerofoils Homework W4 assigned Homework W3 due
5 Incompressible flow over finite wings Homework W5 assigned Homework W4 due
6 Summary: Weeks 1–5 Lab 1 practice (practical) Mid-semester quiz Homework W5 due
7 Compressible flow and normal shock waves Homework W7 assigned Lab 1 report due
8 Oblique shock and expansion waves Homework W8 assigned Homework W7 due
9 Subsonic compressible flow Homework W9 assigned Homework W8 due
10 Hypersonic flows and computational fluid dynamics Homework W10 assigned Homework W9 due
11 Viscous flow Homework W11 assigned Homework W10 due Lab 2 practice (modelling)
12 Boundary layers and Summary: Weeks 7–11 Homework W11 due Lab 2 report due

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Homework 20 % * * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Laboratory 1 20 % 21/04/2023 28/04/2023 1, 2, 6
Laboratory 2 20 % 26/05/2023 02/06/2023 1, 2, 6
Mid-term quiz 10 % 28/03/2023 04/04/2023 1, 2, 3, 4
Final exam 30 % * * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Ten homework assignments will be given to the students on Weeks 1–5, 7–11. Each homework has a value of 2%. The homework is due on the Friday COB of the following lecture week. Each homework consists of one or two problems relevant to the lecture of the week. There is consultation time for the homework on Tuesday.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 28/04/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 6

Laboratory 1

Lab 1 is a 'Wing Competition'. The students will design and build a wing that is attached to a glider fuselage, of known shape and weight. The purpose is to design a wing that can optimise the flight length of the glider, with some design constraints (e.g. maximum dimensions). The students will require an induction to MakerSpace to access 3D printing and other tools. The 'Wing Competition' will be held on Week 6, with the Lab Report due on Friday of Week 7.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 02/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 6

Laboratory 2

Lab 2 consists of a 'Virtual Wind Tunnel' to evaluate the performance of subsonic and supersonic aerofoils. A practice will be conducted in Week 11 and the Lab Report is due on Friday Week 12. A specialised software (Ansys Fluent) will be used for this lab. The students can install a student version on their personal computers provided they meet the minimum hardware requirements. Computers on campus can also be used.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/03/2023
Return of Assessment: 04/04/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Mid-term quiz

The students will be asked to solve one problem (with multiple questions) within 70 minutes. Fundamental concepts of aerodynamics and inviscid, incompressible flow will be examined. The mid-term quiz will take place in the last lecture of Week 6. The mid-term quiz is material-restricted. Allowed items are the course textbook, course handouts, student notes, homework assignments and solutions, and a non-programmable calculator.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Final exam

The final exam consists of several problems related to the course material, e.g. fundamental of aerodynamics, incompressible and compressible flows, inviscid and viscous flows, shock waves, concepts of computational fluid dynamics etc. The final exam will take place after Week 12 (date TBA) and is material-restricted. Allowed items are the course textbook, course handouts, student notes, homework assignments and solutions, and a non-programmable calculator.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Juan Felipe Torres

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, computational fluid dynamics, sustainable technologies

Dr Juan Felipe Torres

Tuesday 10:00 11:00
Tuesday 10:00 10:30
Dr Juan Felipe Torres

Research Interests

Dr Juan Felipe Torres

Tuesday 10:00 11:00
Tuesday 10:00 10:30
Sahar Hosseini

Research Interests

Sahar Hosseini

Tuesday 10:30 11:00
Shufan Yang

Research Interests

Shufan Yang

Tuesday 10:30 11:00

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