151-1116-00L  Introduction to Aircraft and Car Aerodynamics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersM. Immer, F. Schröder
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


151-1116-00 GIntroduction to Aircraft and Car Aerodynamics3 hrs
Thu16:15-19:00CAB G 61 »
M. Immer, F. Schröder

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AbstractAircraft aerodynamics: Atmosphere; aerodynamic forces (lift, drag); thrust.
Vehicle aerodynamics: Aerodynamic and mass forces, drag, lift, car aerodynamics and performence. Passenger cars, trucks, racing cars.
ObjectiveAn introduction to the basic principles and interrelationships of aircraft and automotive aerodynamics.
To understand the basic relations of the origin of aerodynamic forces (ie lift, drag). To quantify the aerodynamic forces for basic configurations of aircraft and car components.
Illustration of the intrinsic problems and results using examples.
Using experimental and theoretical methods to illustrate possibilities and limits.
ContentAircraft aerodynamics: atmosphere, aerodynamic forces (ascending force: profile, wings. Resistance, residual resistance, induced resistance); thrust (overview of the propulsion system, aerodynamics of the propellers), introduction to static longitudinal stability.

Automobile aerodynamics: Basic principles: aerodynamic force and the force of inertia, resistance, drive, aerodynamic and driving performance. Cars commercial vehicles, racing cars.
Lecture notesPreparation materials & slides are provided prior to each class
LiteratureAircraft Aerodynamics:
- Anderson Jr, John D: Introduction to Flight, Mc Graw Hill, Ed 06, 2007; ISBN: 9780073529394
- Mc Cormick, B.W.: Aerodynamics, Aeronautics and Flight Mechanics, John Wiley and Sons, 1979
- Wilcox, David C, Basic Fluid Mechanics. DCW Industries, Inc., 1997
- Schlichting,H. und Truckenbrodt, E: Aerodynamik des Flugzeuges (Bd I und II), Springer Verlag, 1960
- Abbott, I. and van Doenhoff, A.: Theory of Wing Sections, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1949
- Hoerner, S.F.: Fluid Dynamic Drag, Hoerner Fluid Dynamics, 1951/1965
- Hoerner, S.F.: Fluid Dynamic Lift, Hoerner Fluid Dynamics, 1975
- Perkins, C.D. and Hage, R.E.: Airplane Performance, Stability and Control, John Wiley ans Sons, 1949

Vehicle Aerodynamics
- Hucho, Wolf-Heinrich: Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles, SAE International, 1998
- Gillespi, Thomas D: Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics, SAE, 1992
- Katz Joseph: New Directions in Race Car Aerodynamics, Robert Bentley Publishers, 1995

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersF. Schröder, M. Immer
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Mode of examinationwritten 90 minutes
Written aids- Lecture material (slides and exercises)
- Notes
- Scientific calculator
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