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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3308
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: ROBINS AG Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Examination (2 hours)






Qualifying Condition(s) 







Module Overview
Completion of the progress requirements of Level 2 & Modules SE0201 and SE3201
Module Aims


To introduce subsonic, transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aerodynamics, imparting an understanding of lift and drag of simple aerofoils, and of practical aspects of high-speed aircraft design.

Learning Outcomes

Intended learning outcomes
Students should be able to apply principles to isentropic flow, flow through normal and oblique shock waves and expansion fans, predict lift and drag of simple aerofoils, and to apply some practical methods to high-speed craft.

Module Content


Laws of thermodynamics, entropy, properties of gases.

One-dimensional compressible isentropic flow:

The energy equation, Bernoulli's equation, stagnation temperature and enthalpy, flow in nozzles, Mach number-area relation.

Shock and expansion waves:

Normal shock waves, normal shock relations, entropy change, oblique shocks, use of shock charts and tables, detached shocks.

Expansions and the Prandtl-Meyer relation, combinations and intersections of shocks and expansions (2-D flow only)


Lift and drag of simple aerofoils in supersonic flow, wave drag.

Characteristic properties of subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic flows.

Practical methods in the design of high-speed craft:

The area rule, differences between subsonic and supersonic wing sections, effects of sweepback, delta planforms and supercritical wing sections.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

26 lectures, 13 tutorials, and 61 hours independent learning time.



Total student learning time 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Required reading

Module notes

Recommended background reading

Liepmann HW and Roshko A.  Elements of Gasdynamics, Dover , 2002.  (ISBN 04864 19630)

Anderson JD, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, 3rd ed, McGraw-Hill, 2001.  (ISBN 00711 81466)

Kuethe AM and Chow C-Y, Foundations of Aerodynamics, 5th ed, Wiley, 1998.  (ISBN 04711 29194)

Last Updated

17 September 2008