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IN01119519, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0518, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination APPLIED FLUID DYNAMICS
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FRANCESCO PICANO ING-IND/06

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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/06 Fluid Dynamics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Fundamental aspects of Fluid Mechanics are recommended
Target skills and knowledge: Fundamental knowledge and Methods for the analysis of aerodynamics flows in the inviscid compressible and viscous incompressible regimes.
Fundamentals of design criteria, experimental and computational techniques for aerospace applications.
Ability in the selection of optimal aerodynamics models for designing aerospace devices.
Examination methods: Written and oral exams. The former verifies the ability of the solution of aerodynamics problems and the comprehension of theoretical aspects. The oral part discusses the errors of the written exam and ascertains the skills in theoretical aerodynamics.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation is based on the comprehension of theoretical aspects, proposed methodologies and on the ability to solve aerodynamics problems.
Course unit contents: Thermodynamics of fluids. Navier-Stokes equations for compressible flows. Acoustic waves. Normal and oblique shock waves: physics and mathematical description. Expansion waves. Shock-expansion theory. Potential theory of compressible flows. Linearized potential theory in the subsonic and supersonic regimes. Prandtl-Glauert and Ackeret theories for profile aerodynamics. Compressible flows around wings. Transonic flows: critical Mach number, Area rule and supercritical profile design. Main design features of high-speed aircrafts. Delta wing. Newtonian theory and fundamentals of ipersonic flows.
Incompressible viscous flows: Navier-Stokes equations and Reynolds number. Boundary layers: equations and phenomenology. Flat plate: Blasius solution. Boundary layer thickness, von Karman integral equations. Coupling between outer and inner solutions. Effect of pressure gradient on the boundary layer: separation.
Turbulent flow phenomenology. Reynolds average equations and closure problem. Kinetic energy balance: equations and physics. Turbulence theory for isotropic turbulence (Richardson & K41). Turbulence modeling: RANS (k-eps,k-w) LES (Smagorinsky) and DNS. Mean flow analysis of turbulent channel flow. Basic aspects of experimental techniques in turbulent flows.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons using desk and personal computer. Practice with computational softwares for aerodynamics simulation.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Besides the textbooks, additional notes will be provided.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • John D. Anderson, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics. --: McGRAW-HILL, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P.J. Kundu & I.M. Cohen, Fluid Mechanics. --: Elsevier, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • S. B. Pope, Turbulent flows. --: Cambridge University Press, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)