ME EN 515: Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is the application of fluid dynamic principles to the motion of air (or a gas in general) around solid bodies (e.g., airplanes, rockets, trains, cars, etc.). Our primary focus is to learn how to predict aerodynamic forces and moments, like lift and drag, across various flow conditions. We explore 2D airfoils, 3D wings, and rotating blades across a range of Mach numbers and Reynolds numbers. Of particularly emphasis is the use of numerical methods that are widely used in modern aerodynamic analysis.

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Acknowledgements: Content in the slides is inspired from multiple sources: Introduction to Theoretical and Computational Aerodynamics by Moran, Modeling and Computation of Boundary Layer Flows by Cebeci and Cousteix, course notes by Juan Alonso and Ilan Kroo, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics by Anderson, Turbulent Flows by Pope, Fluid Mechanics by Kundu. Some of the homework problems are based on similar problems created by Ilan Kroo and Juan Alonso.