Feb 9th 2016

16.110x: Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics (edX)

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Discover the concepts, theories, models, and methods used in the aerodynamic analysis and design of modern aircraft.

This course covers the physics, concepts, theories, and models underlying the discipline of aerodynamics. A general theme is the technique of velocity field representation and modeling via source and vorticity fields, and via their sheet, filament, or point-singularity idealizations.

The intent is to instill an intuitive feel for aerodynamic flowfield behavior, and to provide the basis of aerodynamic force analysis, drag decomposition, flow interference estimation, and many other important applications. A few computational methods are covered, primarily to give additional insight into flow behavior, and to identify the primary aerodynamic forces on maneuvering aircraft. A short overview of flight dynamics is also presented.

What you'll learn:

- To model and predict the aerodynamic flows about wings and bodies

- To quantify the role of viscous boundary layers in producing drag and limiting lift

- To quantify and optimize the lift distribution on aircraft wings

- To reduce and analyze experimental flow survey data to determine profile drag

- To describe the motion of a maneuvering aircraft and quantify its aerodynamic forces

- To predict the airloads on unsteady airfoils

- To estimate the effects of compressibility in high-speed aerodynamic flows