University of Surrey - Guildford

Registry > Module Catalogue
View Module List by A.O.U. and Level  Alphabetical Module Code List  Alphabetical Module Title List  Alphabetical Old Short Name List  View Menu 
2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3309
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: ROBINS AG Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment












2 hour paper






Module Overview

Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2 & Modules SE3200 and SE3211 (SE3222 would also be beneficial)

Module Aims

To introduce irrotational flow techniques, the aerodynamics of aerofoils and wings, viscous effects and boundary layer control.

Learning Outcomes

Intended learning outcomes
Students should understand irrotational flow techniques, fundamental features of aerofoil and wing flow, and how these flows can be modelled. Also, they should understand the associated effects of viscosity and how these can be taken into account and controlled.

Module Content

Irrotational flow fundamentals:

Line vortex, lift on a vortex and system of vortices, Kutta-Zhukowski theorem, Biot-Savart law.

Aerofoils and wings:

Elementary wing theory.  2D thin aerofoil theory, lift-curve slope.  The finite wing, trailing vorticity, lifting line theory (elliptic loading), induced drag, effects of aspect ratio, tip effects, winglets.  Discussion of high lift devices, delta wings at sub-sonic speeds (slender wings).

Boundary layers:

Description of laminar, turbulent boundary layers, transition, effects of pressure gradient, separation.  Integral momentum analysis applied to laminar and turbulent boundary layers with and without a pressure gradient.

Boundary layer control:

Qualitative description of effects of vortex generators, suction, riblets.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Methods of Teaching/Learning

22 lectures, 11 tutorials, and 67 hours independent learning time.

Total student learning time 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended background reading

Anderson JD, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, 3rd ed, McGraw-Hill, 1991.  (ISBN 00711 81466)

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

Homsy GM et al, Multi-Media Fluid Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, 2000.  (ISBN 05217 87483)

van Dyke M,  An Album of Fluid Motion, The Parabolic Press, Stanford.

Required reading


Last Updated

18 September 2008