322.075 Gas dynamics and Aerodynamics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, VU, 3.0h, 5.0EC
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Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

  • Understand the fundamental notions of gas dynamics and aerodynamics, integrating specific knowledge with that of other related fields in engineering (for example thermodynamics and fluid mechanics);
  • follow specific physico-mathematical reasoning that are required to understand and model gas/aerodynamics problems;
  • understand and solve simple problems encountered in aerospace/industrial/chemical applications;
  • develop learning skills necessary to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy;




Subject of course

Gas dynamics: Introductory concepts, fundamental definitions and equations, speed of sound, Mach number, thermodynamics; Steady isoentropic flow, choked flow, subsonic and supersonic nozzles; De-Laval nozzle, Hugoniot equations; Flow with friction, Fanno line; Flow with heat addition, Rayleigh line; Shock waves, conservation relations, normal and oblique shocks. Aerodynamics: external flows, aerodynamic forces and moments; skin friction, pressure drag and lift;  incompressible flow around an airfoil;  NACA airfoils; modern low-speed NASA airfoils; Finite wings; Linear theory for subsonic and supersonic compressible flow over an airfoil;  elements of hypersonic flow. All themes will be illustrated via examples and exercises.

Teaching methods

The following methods will be used to support students in achieving the expected learning outcomes:

  • Calculation of examples and case studies at the blackboard;
  • Assignment of homeworks to be solved (within a certain deadline, typically 1 week) independently by the students; discussion of the corresponding solution strategies/results with the students

Mode of examination


Additional information

Registration to the course is required

Suggested Readings:
John D. Anderson, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics. Sixth edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math 2017.

Hans Wolfgang Liepmann, Anatol Roshko, Elements of Gasdynamics. Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering Series, Courier corporation 2001.



Course dates

Mon12:00 - 14:0002.03.2020 - 09.03.2020Seminarraum BA 08A Gas dynamics and Aerodynamics
Tue14:00 - 16:0003.03.2020 - 10.03.2020GM 5 Praktikum HS Gas dynamics and Aerodynamics
Gas dynamics and Aerodynamics - Single appointments
Mon02.03.202012:00 - 14:00Seminarraum BA 08A Gas dynamics and Aerodynamics
Tue03.03.202014:00 - 16:00GM 5 Praktikum HS Gas dynamics and Aerodynamics
Mon09.03.202012:00 - 14:00Seminarraum BA 08A Gas dynamics and Aerodynamics
Tue10.03.202014:00 - 16:00GM 5 Praktikum HS Gas dynamics and Aerodynamics

Examination modalities

Students have to write a final exam to assess whether they have achived the expected knowledge and preparation.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Tue - 21.07.2020written29.06.2020 12:00 - 17.07.2020 12:00TISSGas dynamics and Aerodynamics

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
25.01.2020 12:00 07.03.2020 18:00 07.03.2020 18:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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