Imperial College London

DrPaulBruce

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Reader in High Speed Aerodynamics
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 5048p.bruce

 
 
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Location

 

333City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Aerothermodynamics of Launchers and Re-entry Vehicles - AERO97011

Aims

This course explores the unique flow physics experienced by vehicles travelling at hypersonic speeds in an atmosphere. Compressible flow relations introduced in previous years are modified for hypersonic conditions and the role of viscosity is considered in the form of compressible boundary layers and shock/boundary-layer interactions. These building blocks are applied to predict the aero-thermodynamic performance of past and current spacecraft designed for atmospheric entry missions and evaluate new and emerging technologies that meet future mission requirements. The equations of motion to describe an entry mission and the entry environment itself are also defined.

- To familiarise students with the unique technical and environmental challenges of designing spacecraft capable of leaving and entering a planetary atmosphere;
- To equip students with the knowledge and tools to analyse and design such vehicles.

Role

Course Leader

Aerothermodynamics of Launchers and Re-entry Vehicles - AERO70005

Aims

This course explores the unique flow physics experienced by vehicles travelling at hypersonic speeds in an atmosphere. Compressible flow relations introduced in previous years are modified for hypersonic conditions and the role of viscosity is considered in the form of compressible boundary layers and shock/boundary-layer interactions. These building blocks are applied to predict the aero-thermodynamic performance of past and current spacecraft designed for atmospheric entry missions and evaluate new and emerging technologies that meet future mission requirements. The equations of motion to describe an entry mission and the entry environment itself are also defined.

- To familiarise students with the unique technical and environmental challenges of designing spacecraft capable of leaving and entering a planetary atmosphere;
- To equip students with the knowledge and tools to analyse and design such vehicles.

Role

Course Leader

Aerodynamics 3 - AERO60001

Aims

This module covers both compressible and incompressible aerodynamics relevant to aerospace vehicle design. The module builds on the Aerodynamics 1 and 2 modules. Topics covered include the derivation of the Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes equation, treatment of boundary layers, finite aspect ratio wing effects, effects of friction and heat transfer on compressible flow and the two-dimensional method of characteristics for compressible flows.

Role

Lecturer