322.081 Gasdynamics and Aerodynamics II
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VU, 3.0h, 5.0EC


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

Learning outcomes

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

  • Method of characteristics for hyperbolic scalar equations and systems.
  • One-dimensional acoustics.
  • One-dimensional unsteady invisicid flows, including shock

After successful completion of the course, students are able to solve the one-dimensional wave equations for acoustics, apply the method of characteristics to the solution of scalar linear advection equations, the Burgers equation, the 1D unsteady Euler equations and the 2D steady Euler equations.

Subject of course

The main objective of the course is to introduce the fundamentals of compressible-fluid flows, with particular reference to unsteady flows.
In particular, the theory and the relevant results for compressible-fluid flows are presented for acoustics and the unsteady one-dimensional Euler equations, with application to shock formation and propagation.

Topics: Governing equations and similarity theory. One-dimensional flows. Acoustic approximation; Wave equation; Theory of characteristics; Burgers equations; Shock waves; Rankine-Hugoniot relations; Riemann problem of gasdynamics. Method of characteristics for 2D steady problems.

Teaching methods

The course is divided in frontal lectures (2/3 of the course) and exercise lecture (1/3 of the course). Lectures will be given in class, with the use of slides and electronic whiteboard.

Mode of examination


Additional information


  • Thompson, P. A., Compressible Fluid Dynamics, Editore: New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1972, ISBN: 9780070644052


  • Anderson, J. D., Modern Compressible Flow with Historical Perspective. 2nd ed., Editore: NewYork: McGraw-Hill, 1990



Examination modalities

The final exam is a written examination including both questions on theory and exercises.

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
ALG For all Students


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Students are expected to have a solid knowledge on fundamentals of fluid mechanics/gas dynamics  and of aerodynamics in the incompressible regime.