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Computational Aerodynamics

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Neil Sandham
Academic year

Module overview

This module is concerned with the physical modelling and numerical methods required for calculations of aerodynamic forces and moments on moving objects. It is not exclusively a package-based computational fluid dynamics module. Instead, it focuses on matching a numerical solution methodology to the flow phenomena that are present in fluid dynamics applications. The methods will include laminar and turbulent boundary layer calculations, instability analysis and models for transition to turbulence. Finite difference methods will be discussed in detail, including high order and compact schemes with numerical analysis of accuracy, stability and consistency, and compared to spectral methods. Turbulence models will be derived and contrasted with scale-resolving approaches such as large eddy simulations, where post-processing issues will be discussed. The module will include aerodynamic case studies and coursework exercises for students.

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: SESA3033 or FEEG6005