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AERO3260: Aerodynamics 1 (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AERO3260: Aerodynamics 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Vio, Gareth
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://www.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/AERO3260/
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: AMME2200 OR AMME2261.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study should prepare students to be able to undertake aerodynamic performance calculations for industry design situations.

The unit aims to develop a knowledge and appreciation of the complex behaviour of airflow in the case of two dimensional aerofoil sections and three dimensional wings; To encourage hands-on experimentation with wind-tunnel tests to allow an understanding of these concepts and their range of applicability. To understand the limitations of linearised theory and the effects of unsteady flow.
Assumed Knowledge: General conservation equations applied to fluid flow; Fundamental elements of potential flow; Vorticity and its effect on ideal flow; Basic mathematical skills required for plotting and graphing data; Linear algebra for solution of simultaneous linear equations; Fourier series; Complex numbers and complex functions.
Lecturer/s: Dr Vio, Gareth
Timetable: AERO3260 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Independent Study 6.00 13
2 Laboratory 3.00 1 3
3 Lecture 3.00 3 13
4 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Laboratory: Wind tunnel laboratory sessions focusing on assignment problems will be held within the 2hr tutorial sessions for 3 of the sessions during semester.

Lecture: Information on theory and concepts will be delivered in 1hr sessions.

Tutorial: Worked examples, help with assignments and feedback to and from students will be held in these 2hr sessions.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
1. Construct simple computer algorithms that will allow more complex geometries to be solved.
2. Ability to write an Engineering report on an experimental test.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
3. To work effectively in a team to complete an experimental project
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)
4. Ability to apply solutions to problems under standard aerospace legislation requirements.
(4) Design (Level 3)
5. Understand the limitations of theory and the effect of second-order parameters (Reynolds number, Mach Number) to the primary fluid-flow properties.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
6. Predict flow properties for general aircraft wing sections to obtain lift, drag and pitching moment.
7. Extrapolate section results to predict full three-dimensional wing behaviour.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
8. Undertake experiments and analyse data to verify theoretical predictions.
9. Improved understanding of the use of software packages to solve fluid flow problems
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment* No 15.00 Week 8 1, 2, 6, 9,
2 Lab 1 Report* No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 8,
3 Assignment* Yes 15.00 Week 12 1, 3, 5, 6, 9,
4 Lab 2 Report* No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 4, 5, 6, 8,
5 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 4, 5, 6, 7,
6 Weekly Question No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 4, 6,
7 Design, Built & Test Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 6, 8,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration. Weekly submissions will be required as specified in classes. Final report will be a compilation of the submitted components. Penalties apply for non-submission.

Assignment: Application of potential flow to aerofoil analysis.

Laboratory 1: Pressure measurement around an object. Understanding or Reynolds number effects

Assignment: Analysis of 3D wings. Peer assessment will be used to determine each student`s final mark.

Laboratory 2: Analysis of aerofoil section. Stall and separation effects

Design, Build & Test: Design an aerofoil, build and pressure tap, and test. Peer assessment will be used to determine each student`s final mark.

Final Exam: 2 hour examination at end of semester. Revision of theory and concepts. It is a requirement that to pass the course you must achieve 40% of the examination mark regardless of the sum of your individual marks.

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

The penalty for lateness is 5% per day. The penalty would apply from the next calendar day after the deadline.

The penalty is a percentage of the available mark and is applied to the mark gained after the submitted work is marked (e.g., an assignment worth 100 marks is 1 day late. The content is given a mark of 75. With the 5% penalty, the final mark is 70).
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Aerodynamics for Engineering Students
  • Aerodynamics for Engineers
  • Foundations of Aerodynamics
  • Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
  • Theory of Wing Sections
Online Course Content: http://www.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/AERO3260/
Note on Resources: Aerodynamics for Students :

http://www.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/aero/

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction, review of prior concepts; lift, drag, pitching moment, wing and section geometry, nondimensional coefficients and numbers.
Week 2 Ideal potential flow, complex velocity, circulation and lift. Two and three dimensional flows.
Week 3 Lifting flat-plate solutions, thin aerofoil theory.
Week 4 Boundary layer theory, pressure and friction drag.
Week 5 Panel method solutions for aerofoil sections. Viscous/Inviscid interaction techniques.
Week 6 Aerofoil classes, laminar flow, supercritical. Typical properties. High Lift devices.
Week 7 Wind Tunnel and measurement correction techniques.
Week 8 Three-dimensional ideal flow, lifting line theory.
Assessment Due: Assignment*
Week 9 Vortex lattice methods.
Week 10 Low aspect ratio wing solutions.
Week 11 Effects of compressibility. Critical Mach number.
Week 12 Wing properties. Wing Fuselage interactions. Downwash effects.
Assessment Due: Assignment*
Week 13 Revision.
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical / Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Aeronautical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Aeronautical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical (Space) 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Arts 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Law 2015

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 15%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 5%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 11.5%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 13.75%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 41.25%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 13.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.