AER303: Aerospace Laboratory I
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of engineering and scientific experimentation. A series of lectures and tutorials will introduce the students to the concept of mechanical measurements, the fundamentals of instrumentation systems, uncertainty analysis, and design of experiments. These concepts will be put into practice and reinforced with two laboratories. The first will evaluate the aerodynamic forces generated by the airflow over an airfoil. The second laboratory will explore the basics of gas dynamics and isotropic 1D compressible flows in a supersonic wind tunnel. Both laboratory are closely linked to the course material of AER307, with elements that will be reinforce in AER310.
This first course in aerodynamics answers the questions: how are forces on a wing generated by the fluid flowing around it? and how can they be predicted? Starting from the basic governing equations of fluid dynamics, the Navier-Stokes equations, different levels of dynamic approximations are made to reach increasingly simplified equations (Euler and potential flow equations) that can be used to solve for different aerodynamic flows. This forms the basis from which the thin airfoil theory can be derived and applied to increasingly complex situations, from 2D airfoils to 3D wings in incompressible and compressible flows. The fundamentals of boundary layer flows are also presented and used to improve drag predictions.
Textbook: J.D. Anderson, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, 4th Ed., McGraw Hill, 2001.
AER1308: Introduction to Modern Flow Control
This course presents the fundamental aspects of modern flow control. The framework of the course will be cast starting with a brief review of the development of flow control from its birth at the turn of the 20th century to current state of the art techniques and methodologies. The key concepts, fundamental to modern flow control, will thus be extracted and categorises throughout the course: including topics such as flow instabilities; dynamic and closed-loop control; actuators and sensors; modeling and simulations.