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Aerospace Engineering (AERSP)

AERSP 311 Aerodynamics I (3) Fluid statics and kinematics; fluid dynamics of inviscid and viscous flows; Navier-Stokes equations; introduction to boundary layers.

AERSP 311 Aerodynamics I (3)

This is a first course in incompressible inviscid and viscous flows.  It includes an introduction to fluids, fluid statics and hydrostatics.  Fluid kinematics, including Eulerian versus Lagrangian viewpoint, steady versus unsteady flows, volume and mass flow rates, vorticity and circulation, and streamlines are described.  Derivation of the governing equations for the conservation of mass, momentum and energy is presented.  Dimensional analysis is covered.  Potential flow with and without the effects of viscosity is analyzed.  A derivation and exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations are given and boundary layers are introduced.  This is the first of a two course sequence in aerodynamics, where both courses are required for senior-year propulsion and design courses.  Evaluation of student performance will be by two midterm exams worth approximately 25% each, a final exam worth approximately 35% and weekly homework assignments worth approximately 15%.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: E MCH 212, MATH 250, CMPSC 201 orCMPSC 202

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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