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Mechanical Engineering (M E)

M E 427 Incompressible Aerodynamics (3) Analysis of lift and drag using potential flow theory, effects of viscosity on potential flow calculations, wind tunnel testing.

M E 427 Incompressible Aerodynamics (3)

The primary objective of this course is to teach students how to determine aerodynamic lift and drag using a variety of techniques, including potential flow theory, viscous flow analysis, and wind tunnel testing. Students also learn the limitations of each technique and how they can be used together to obtain better results. Fundamental concepts in aerodynamics are also discussed, including lift, drag, aerodynamic moment, induced drag, viscous drag, pressure drag, separation, stall, circulation, downwash, camber, thickness ratio, and lift distribution. Students should be able to use knowledge gained in this course to solve aerodynamic design problems.

Students will be evaluated through the use of written exams during the semester, a comprehensive written final, and weekly homework assignments. This course is a technical elective in the Mechanical Engineering program and allows students who have completed ME BD 240, Elementary Fluid Mechanics, to improve their understanding of fluids by covering the subject in more detail and applying it specifically to aerodynamics problems. It will usually be offered annually in the spring semester.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: M E 320

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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