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Aerodynamics

Module aims

  • The module builds on the fluid dynamics concepts introduced in Thermo-fluids in the first and second year of the AEP course and provides a strong foundation for aerodynamic applications.
  • The first part of the module covers the participants’ understanding of the fundamentals of gas dynamics in aerodynamic applications including automotive and aircraft.
  • This module will also aim to cover the understanding of low speed aerodynamics in the application of passenger vehicle design and the fundamental concepts of the compressible flows thereafter.
  • Wing theory and its design based on performance criteria are also discussed.
  • A model to estimate aerodynamic performance through experiment, computational and numerical approaches for automotive, aircraft and locomotive applications will be developed in the later part of this module to understand the effect of transition and turbulence characteristics.

By the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Examine the fundamentals of aerodynamics relevant to their own industry.
  • Classify different forces in aerodynamics of passenger cars and use that in designing cars.
  • Apply principles of wind tunnel technology for automobile aerodynamics Construct a relevant experiment for aerodynamics applications (like in a wind tunnel unit).
  • Develop analytical/numerical approaches to analyse aerodynamics of typical airfoil, wings, and a car test model.