Aeronautical Engineering (MEng)
Applied Computational Aerodynamics
The main objective of the course is to develop the engineering skills required for the students to become intelligent users of aerodynamic simulation codes.
The course will concentrate on familiarising students with the key numerical methods utilised for solving the governing equations of fluid dynamics for aerodynamic design. Students will learn the basic numerical and aerodynamic concepts required by using existing open-source and commercial computer programs to simulate and analyse aerodynamic flows. Through the use of project-based learning, via a combination of lectures and practical assignments, the course will build on the students’ prior knowledge of aerodynamics so that they can effectively design, set-up, perform, validate and assess the accuracy of simulations via computational codes.
The aim of the course is to give students:
(i) A sufficient body of knowledge and an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of computational aerodynamics tools for them to become good users.
(ii) An increase awareness of the computational aerodynamic tools available to them and an ability to choose the right tool for a given analysis and design task.
(iii) Practical experience in the use of panel codes (Xfoil), vortex-lattice codes (AVL), and common commercial CFD packages (Star-CCM+).
(iv) Competency in the use and evaluation of computational codes for advanced aerodynamic analysis.
The background material will be presented in the form of traditional lectures. These will be supplemented by computing laboratory sessions and video tutorials where students will learn about the relevant computers programs and how to use them. Finally, the students will apply these computational tools to aerodynamic analysis and design and will be assessed by a short quiz and a coursework assignment on the simulation of flows about aerodynamic shapes such as aerofoils, wings or aircrafts.
This module presents opportunities for both formative and summative assessment.
You will be formatively assessed through progress tests and tutorial sessions.
You will have additional opportunities to self-assess your learning via tutorial problem sheets.
You will be summatively assessed through two coursework assignments.
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This module presents opportunities both for formative and summative assessment.
You will be formatively assessed through a number of progress tests and tutorial sessions.
Additional opportunities are provided for you to self-assess your learning via tutorial problem sheets.
Summative Assessment takes the form of a theoretical quiz and a group coursework at the end of the module.
You will receive feedback following the coursework submission.
You will receive feedback on your performance whilst undertaking tutorial exercises, during which you will also receive instruction on the correct solution to tutorial problems.
Further individual feedback will be available to you on request via this module’s online feedback forum, through staff office hours and discussions with tutors.
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press
The MIT Press
2nd ed., Prentice Hall
2nd ed., Upper Saddle River : Pearson Education UK