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AE311A: Compressible Aerodynamics

Course Description

This course is mainly considered as an introductory course in the field of Gas Dynamics or Compressible Fluid Flow. In general, you will be exposed to various important aspects of compressible fluid flow, for e.g., when do one assume the fluid flow to be compressible, regimes of compressible fluid flow,  mathematical formulation and analysis of isentropic flow and non-isentropic flows, etc.

Course Content

Review of thermodynamics, Governing equations of compressible flow, Isentropic flow, Area Mach number relation, Speed of sound, Mach cone, Flow regimes in terms of Mach number, Stationary and moving normal shock, RankineHugoniot relations, Oblique shock, Prandtl-Meyer expansion, Reflection, intersection of shocks and expansion waves, Converging-diverging nozzle, supersonic wind tunnel, 1D unsteady flow: Riemann problem, Method of characteristics, Small perturbations applied to, subsonic & supersonic airfoils, slender bodies. Similarity rules and area rule, Curved shock and Crocco’s Theorem, Shock Boundary layer interaction, Transonic small perturbation (TSP) equations, Transonic full potential equations, Rayleigh & Fanno flow, Experimental techniques, Introduction to Hypersonic.