2019-2020 / AERO0033-1

Aerothermodynamics of high-speed flows


26h Th, 26h Pr, 1d FW

Number of credits

 Master in aerospace engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Grigorios Dimitriadis, Thierry Magin

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course introduces students to the aerothermodynamic analysis of high speed flows. Two main subjects are addressed: - Transonic and supersonic aerodynamics - Atmospheric reentry and plasma physics

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of this course is to introduce students to some aspects of high speed aerothermodynamics.
The detailed objectives are:
- Introduction to transonic and supersonic flows - Calculation of lift and drag of 2D wings at transonic and supersonic conditions - Calculation of lift and drag of 3D wings and aircraft at transonic and supersonic conditions - Application of the characteristic method to one-dimensional unsteady flows - Introduction to chemically reacting and plasma flows encountered in hypersonic and combustion applications - Solutions to some practical problems encountered in aerospace missions, focusing on the simulation of atmospheric entry flows and ground testing

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

AERO0001-1 Aerodynamics MECA0025-1 Fluid mechanics

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This is a second semester course. It is divided into lectures and practical sessions.
Students are familiarized with high enthalpy facilities during a laboratory session. Teaching assistants operate a wind tunnel during a lab demonstration at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics.
Students also learn to model 2D inviscid transonic flows using numerical software.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Face-to-face in English

Recommended or required readings

The lecture notes are available online in the form of presentations.
Supplementary textbooks: J. Anderson, Modern Compressible Flow: With Historical Perspective, McGraw-Hill, 2002 J. D. Anderson, Hypersonic and high-temperature gas dynamics, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2006 P. A. Thompson, Compressible-fluid Dynamics, Advanced engineering series, 1988

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment is performed through: - A written exam - Homework assignments

Work placement(s)


Organizational remarks


Prof. G. Dimitriadis Aeroelasticity and Experimental Aerodynamics (AEA) Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering  Quartier Polytech 1, Allée de la Découverte 9 Room +2/424  Tel: +32 (0)4 3669815 Email: gdimitriadis@ulg.ac.be

Prof. T. Magin Aeronautics and Aerospace Department von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics Chaussee de Waterloo 72 1640 Rhode-Saint-Genese Tel: +32 (0)2 359 96 38 Email:  magin@vki.ac.be